Toronto Council considers opening souvenir shop at city hall or Nathan Phillips Square
Souvenir hunters have had slim pickings at Toronto City Hall since the late former Mayor Rob Ford filled the main floor with customers waiting to buy collectable Rob Ford bobble-head dolls in 2014.
But that could change if Toronto Council goes along with a proposal by Beaches-East York Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon to open up a City of Toronto store in the lobby or at Nathan Phillips Square.
The store would include Toronto-branded souvenirs, as well as Toronto Transit Commission tchotchke, like mugs and shirts.
“The TTC has one of the strongest brands in Toronto, unfortunately there is no central place to purchase a TTC mug or T-shirt,” wrote McMahon in a letter to Toronto’s Government Management Committee.
The store would sell City of Toronto- and TTC-branded goods, as well as “the best locally produced and/or themed products.”
The committee will consider the proposal at its Sept. 6 meeting, possibly asking for a report for its November meeting looking at the feasibility of establishing such a store.
The report would look into a transparent selection process to choose an operator for the store, a look at the potential for satellite locations across Toronto, and a feasibility study as to whether there might be demand for Toronto- and TTC-branded goods.