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You may have noticed that the long neglected “Hoolee Gardens” eyesore-building at the corner of McGill and King has been painted.   Now it looks half decent and in February 2016 it will get a tenant so should look even better.  Zap Records just down the road at 11 King East is moving there.  The second floor is currently occupied and the third floor is vacant.  The owner of Zap Records, Tim Horgan, has been operating his store for 20 years and says business is good and he needs more space.

Tim estimates that about half his customers are from out of town (e.g. Toronto) and he markets mostly by word-of-mouth.  He likes the Hoolee Gardens building because it’s more visible to people driving into town and the East facing windows would be good for display.  Also, foot traffic is good because of the proximity to Victoria Park.

Zap is open 10:30 am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday but also sells online although his web site will not be fully operational until February.

It is often said that the East end of Town does not get much attention or traffic but there are some good businesses there.  In addition to Zap Records, you have to give credit to  Dan’s Books and Games  at 25 King East.   He is listening to those who complain about hours of opening;  he is open 10am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am to 8:00pm Sundays.   He deserves to do well.

Below are some photos: Zap Records now, Hoolee Gardens building – before and after - plus Dan’s Books and Games.   Both businesses should be able to sell you gifts for that “difficult” person.

Zap Records NowHoolee Gardens as it used to be

Hoolee Gardens Building NowDan's Books and Games