Toronto-based Longo Brothers Fruit Markets opened its latest store in Newmarket’s East Gwillimbury community on Sept. 18, bringing the growing family-owned grocer to 35 locations across the province. The store features an expansive Kitchen, turning out stone-oven pizzas, sushi, burgers and more.
The Produce Department
Beyond a focus on local and organic produce, the new Longo’s was designed with an emphasis on sustainability throughout the store. “With each store, we commit ourselves to ongoing and continual improvement,” spokesperson Rosanne Longo said in a statement. “For this store, we wanted to place sustainability initiatives at the forefront.” With this in mind, the new store integrates CO2 refrigeration with heat reclaim, LED lighting, rooftop solar panels and electric-vehicle charging stations.
The Cheese Department
Longo's of East Gwillimbury also offers guests fresh, hand-stretched mozzarella made in-store daily and a fully stocked cheese counter with a broad assortment of domestic and imported cheeses, including Guinness Cheddar Cheese to Alexis de Portneuf Cantonnier Cheese to a variety of cheeses from Portugal.
Fresh Meat and Seafood
Fans of fresh, grass-fed and wild-caught meat and seafood will find a bevy of choices in Longo’s meat and seafood department, where offerings include Ontario air-chilled, grain-fed boneless chicken breasts; wild-caught Pacific Snapper; live lobsters; and Qu’Appelle 100% grass-fed beef.
Loft Cooking School
The new store is also home to Longo’s Loft Cooking School, which offers cooking classes and culinary events hosted by professional chefs and instructors. “We strive to be so much more than a grocery store,” Longo said. “Through our integration of unique activations and hot, ready-to-eat options, we hope to become a destination for food, entertainment, drink and exploration.”