Alas, the fancy-pants Annex Metro (just a block West of Spadina, on Bloor), formerly one of the worst chain grocery stores EVER, did not improve.
The Annex Metro, while cleaner and better stocked with baskets and carts that it used to be (and a wee bit more appealing as a result), remains craptacular.
Prices are high, aisles are overcrowded and lines are endlessly long, particular post-work on weekdays and on the weekends during the daytime. Sure, it's open all night, and having the 24hr option feels nice in theory, but realistically, are you going to stock up on Cheerios at 3am? I think not.
I don't like that things are stocked way too high on some shelves, meaning shorties like me have to wait for long-armed men to help (and frankly, I'm not into the damsel thing) and worst of all, they carry only the most limited selection of products. One kind of garlic sauce, for example. Very few brands.
Frankly, as this is really the only full grocery store in the neighbourhood and many Annex-apartment-dwellers don't drive, I think the chain knows it can get away with anything. We all need groceries, and often the most convenient option wins out. This Metro is convenient, but that's about all I can say about it.
Boo. BOO, I say!
425 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X6