The Seniors’ Complex & Adjacent Mall
Back in the sixties, Shepherd Lodge was a Nursing Home in the middle of nowhere in Agincourt Ontario, a Toronto suburb. The years passed, the city grew outward and Shepherd Lodge was no longer in the middle of nowhere.
During the seventies and eighties, the bedroom community grew and became a favorite destination for Asians immigrating to Canada. Even back then, the area was jokingly referred to as “Asian-court”.
Shepherd Village was growing as well. The Assisted Living Building was added, the Rental Building was added and finally, during the nineties, the Condominium Building was added. Run by the Pentecostal Church of Canada, the complex has remained, for the most part, Caucasian. But as they die off, the population of the complex will begin to change. I would guess that this area is around 10% Caucasian, if that, the balance, 90%, being Chinese and Middle Eastern.
The desire of the Caucasian residents to be with their own kind, however, is overcome by the sheer convenience of the Complex. Even in the worst weather conditions, you can remain inside or come through the underground parking garage as far as the side door, where it is only 200′ through the elements to the side door of the mall. (The white arrow on the picture below.)
The mall is old and small, once an outdoor mall, but it has near everything required to live comfortably. Food Thrills (actually called No Frills) for groceries, Wal-Mart for everything else. There is a bank, dry cleaners, a dollar store, electronics store, sewing supplies, a sit-down restaurant as well as a couple of fast food places, including Mickey D’s in Wal-Mart.
There is an in-house pharmacy in the complex basically for prescriptions, but a full-blown make-up, toiletries, books-and-magazines, cold-and-remedy, even some food stuffs pharmacy across the parking lot. A liquor store, a separate beer store plus a pet supplies store are also at hand.
And perish the thought that I might forget to mention Timmie’s… yes the mall has a Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop. I think it is against the law in the city of Toronto for a Canadian to live more than a ten minute walk from a Tim Horton’s Donut Shop.
Below is a Google Earth picture of the Complex and the adjacent Mall. Click on the picture to view it full-size.