The former home of American Apparel on St. Laurent Blvd. now carries a For Rent sign. “I won’t deny that the construction on the street did affect traffic,” says Dan Abenhaim, the chain’s Canadian regional director. Other shop owners say the recession and high rents have hurt business on along the strip. Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette
From The Montreal Gazette:
It’s known to generations as The Main and it’s as Montreal as smoked meat and the Habs.
St. Laurent Blvd. is us, and in tribute to its Portuguese component, city officials on Friday inaugurated a dozen marble-topped benches between Bagg and Marie Anne Sts.
But things are not going that well for some merchants, especially on the trendiest part of the street between Sherbrooke St. and Pine Ave.
It’s still home to such fancy eateries as Buona Notte and Primadonna, but in the past months several major tenants have closed.
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