Dollarama

After taking my baby to her music and movement class, I found myself, once again, at the Dollarama store adjacent to the Scarborough East Family Centre.

It’s amazing what parenthood does to some one like me. A few years ago, had Metroblog existed then (or blogging in general), it would have been extremely probable that I would be typing away about nothing that didn’t involve clubbing.

Now, a new mom, I find myself only being able to offer my excitement about a franchised dollar store.

But wait… hear me out. Everything is just for a dollar. A mere loonie. Yet, unlike other dollar stores that came and went, I’m amazed at the quality of their merchandise. I have successfully bought all my Christmas decorations and stocking stuffers just at this place.

Best of all, a month ago, I participated in our yearly tradition known as the Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child.

In just one store, I was able to buy toilettries, school supples, toys and much, much more, to be packed away in a shoe box and sent away to a child or two from a third world country.

Tis the season to give.

31 Comments so far

  1. Heather (unregistered) on June 24th, 2005 @ 4:16 pm

    It nice to see someone else agree with me how Dollarama is superior to other dollar stores and is really great for start up homes, ideally university students and for great odds and ends for the home. I came across this site by searching for Dollarama store locations. Since this is a Toronto blog, that must mean they are in the city (I went to one in Guelph) I don


  2. Heather (unregistered) on June 24th, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

    It nice to see someone else agree with me how Dollarama is superior to other dollar stores and is really great for start up homes, ideally university students and for great odds and ends for the home. I came across this site by searching for Dollarama store locations. Since this is a Toronto blog, that must mean they are in the city (I went to one in Guelph) I don


  3. Shar (unregistered) on August 14th, 2005 @ 7:36 pm

    Being a Dollarama manager I am happy to see our merchandise in almost every household or vehicle around my area. It is great hearing the praise of mothers,crafters,teachers,restaurants and so on. Our items have been featured on Cityline,and many weddings have boasted floral arrangements,centrepieces and favours. Most stores are clean and staff, at least mine is the most helpful and friendly. A lot of misperception is that we are a franchise, but we are not. Most of our items are made specifically for our company also. If there are ever any problem items they are always posted in the newspaper or on TV newscasts. All in all our stores will have the most staying power of most dollar stores. Thanks to everyone who likes to save a buck here or there. If we can save money why not….


  4. Fatima (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 5:53 am

    Hello!

    I am a Canadian living abroad but always make sure I go to Dollarama when I go back! I bring back everything for my children’s parties, stocking stuffers, decorations etc. The only problem is I usually go to Canada at Xmas time only and do not get to see merchandise from other seasons such as gardening equipment. I have a friend in Toronto who would be pleased to buy me everything I need, problem is I would need to actually “see” the products. Has anyone any idea on how I could actually see the products on the net?

    Many thanks!!!


  5. abbas halai (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    hmm…have your friend take pictures?


  6. shy (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 10:41 am

    shar – oops! i retract that it’s a franchised store. but it’s still wonderful! i love it. i can’t imagine life w/out it now. :)


  7. Rajaat Gahlon (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 4:54 pm

    Hello. My name is Rajaat. I just wanted to know if you had any links to Dollarama franchises. RSVP. Thank you.


  8. shy (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 6:22 pm

    hello rajaat,

    sorry, i wasn’t successful in finding any links to Dollarama. i don’t think they have a website.

    however, if you search for them under http://canada411.ca in the business search section (plus the city of which you are looking in), you should be able to pull up a list of locations.


  9. Kate (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 5:43 pm

    So did anyone ever answer Heather’s question about locations in TO?
    Dollarama Locations:
    – Yonge Street, about 3 blocks south of Bloor on the West side (near Charles St.)
    – In Dufferin Mall (Dufferin Street, 1 blk south of Bloor)
    – Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke
    – some plaza in Oshawa. lol. sorry, just remember going there with an ex-boyfriend.
    Those are the ones nearby that I’m aware of.


  10. Rabia Syed (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 11:10 am

    There’s one in the Midtown Mall, Oshawa
    Malvern Mall, Scarborough

    “Everything for a Dollar” stores are also amazing.


  11. Molly (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 8:37 am

    There’s also a Dollarama in Scarborough Town Centre, just beside the H&M, and one at Neilsen and Ellesmere in Scarborough. For west-enders, there’s a great one in Clarkson at Lakeshore & Southdown, and one in Oakville at Town Centre (Dorval & QEW). I won’t go anywhere but! My highest recommendation goes to the cherry lip balm (at 2 for $1!!!) – no reason to pay more!


  12. Molly (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 8:40 am

    After some more searching, I just found another location in downtown Toronto: basement of College Park.


  13. shankar (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 12:29 pm

    Hi All,
    Does any one know the Dollarama Head Office address and Phone numbers.
    I want to sell them few products and I am unable find their office address
    Shankar


  14. Karen (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 8:42 am

    There is a Dollarama in Shoppers World Danforth (Vic Park and Danforth) and there used to be one in Thorncliffe, not sure if its still there or not. There is also one at Yonge/Bay Bloor.
    Dollarama is great. I run a Brownie unit (Girl Guides) and a Beaver Colony (Scouts)and its amazing how we can do great crafts with so little money – we find everything we need in just one store.


  15. Ariane (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 11:28 am

    Hi Shankar,and Hi All,
    I am looking for Dollarama Head Office contacts: address, phone…
    Thanks a lot if you have any information!


  16. Stephanie (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 10:27 pm

    What was the name of the music & movement program? Was it Kindermusik, I heard there’s one held by 88 keys


  17. Heather (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 1:50 pm

    Thanks Kate for the locations! Yea I finally found one in College Park but im no longer working at City Hall anymore, now im at Young and Finch so im not near a Dollarama again! Oh well!


  18. paul (unregistered) on December 28th, 2005 @ 9:15 am

    oh yah $-stores are real cute. Come down to the
    Detroit area and you can go to one in each strip
    mall and numerous locations in each enclosed mall.
    So, in other words, they are everywhere. This means
    you have to go farther to find anything else.
    I hope this doesn’t happen to the big malls in
    Toronto.


  19. James (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    Amazing. And I wonder how many of you who have posted or work at a Dollarama can so easily ignore the fact that the store can only exist by exploitation and sweatshop factories in developing countries.
    “Hi, I’ve immigrated to Canada from a developing country where global corporations exploit us, but once here, I forget all about that and just can’t wait till my neighbourhood Dollarama opens up, so that I can support continuing injustice in my homeland.”
    Unbelievable.


  20. shy (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

    hey james, try this approach…

    instead of sarcasm, maybe understand that it’s difficult to know which establishment these days do or do not use such sweat shops which exploits underdevelopped countries. as these days, it seems that so many places do have products created in this way.

    yeah… how about trying to simmer down that undertone of ‘i know more then you because i am the holier of thou’ and once again, the SARCASM, because you know what? if you want to actually DO something about such establishments, try EDUCATING people in a more tactful and less condescending nature.

    having said that, i’m not saying that what you are saying about Dollarama is false but we do need some evidence of proof before we can start tearing the store up.

    AND… what i’ve understood is that they get their unperfect parts from other corporations (which is why i constantly find the same products they have elsewhere just with small imperfections that are hardly noticeable but do not pass inspedtion).

    so if anything, it’s the other establishments that require some bad-mouthing which… oh hey! just as i thought. we’ve come full circle to what i stated in the beginning in that almost all corporations are guilty of exploiting developping countries and it’s hard to know who is or isn’t.


  21. jcf (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

    Since no one will answer the question here you go.
    Dollarama Head office is at

    Dollarama
    11250, chemin cote-de-Liesse,
    Dorval, QC H9P 1A9
    Tel. : 514-631-9319

    As for contacts I have none. They make themselves scarce. As they have had a lot of problrms with their products.
    Pacifiers that come apart. rattles that come apart. bottle openers with liquid that smells in the handle.
    I personally had a pricing problem. Yes a pricing problem at the dollar store. The price on a chocolate bar was 59 cents and they wanted me to pay a dollar because their employee made a mistake on the tag. You might think this is petty but I have a problem in the way they handled they situation. They treated me like shit. Being from Quebec, we have a law where if the item at the cash is different from the price on the tag we get the best price minus $10.00. If the item is below 10.00 we get it free.
    So before I only wanted to pay the tagged price and since they were assholes I told them I wanted the product free as states the law. When they refused I asked for the manager to give me her name and they turned their backs and ignored me, they wouldn’t give me their address or phone number.
    They even had a security guard stand next to me.
    Yes a security guard at a dollarama. Now that’s what I call customer service.


  22. Phil (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Watch out for defective safety foils seals on bottles of drain cleaner sold by Dollarama. They leak as they are not well secured on the bodies of the bottle. The consumers products safety board is now looking into the matter.


  23. Concerned Citizen (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    I am so dissapointed by the comany Dollarama. On the Friday of thanksgiving a lady had $300.00 stolen out of her purse. It was two employees that had done this. The location was in the Niagara Square in Niagara Falls, On. I had filed a report with the mall security and filed a complaint with one of there other store locations, and nothing was done. The two employees are still working there with no remorse for that poor old lady on that Friday night. I remember seeing this poor lady crying in the hallway of the mall. It was her money for the family for thanksgiving. I will personally never set foot in there ever again in fear that it could happen to me.

    [note from author: i’ve emailed ‘Concerned Citizen’ a couple of times, asking for more information of what sounded like a horrible tragedy… but with no reply. reason being is that i did a search for local news regarding this situation in this area and found nothing. though i’m not positive, i must say that i have a feeling this commentor is just spreading lies and rumours.]


  24. Kris (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    In Toronto, there are Dollaramas all over the place.
    East end, there is one in East York Town Centre on Overlea blvd.
    West end, Dufferin Mall
    Midtown, there is one at Yonge and bloor


  25. Lou (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    I can’t speak for the swetashop allegation or the way they might treat customers, but I jsut visited the new Dollaram at Dufferin and Clark (a formerly dead minimall that will be revoitalized with Staples also opening up). The slection is incredible and I made a list of items I figured I might need as a checklist for the future. I normally don’t bother with dollar stores except in rare instances but this store may change my mind. The only bizarre and annoying thing is that they do not accept Interac and there is no “normal” (non-white, don’t-pay-extra-to-get-your-money) bank machine in that mall. Otherwise, I think it’s great and unless there is actual evidence of abuse it appears ot be a vertiable clearinghouse of things most of us need anyway.


  26. rob gibson (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    FYI guys it seems that the information out the web is incorrect.Dollarama is not a franchise establishment. For head office you can contact 1-514-737-1006.


  27. Cathy (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 6:58 pm

    There is a store at the Woodbine Centre Shopping Centre in Etobicoke. Which is near the Woodbine Race Track location.

    This is the famous children’s indoor amusement park inside of the mall.


  28. What I Mean Who?? (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    Me to. I agree. Me like Dollarama


  29. shanghai cowgirl (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    Ahh… the Dollarama. I’m actually thinking that I have about 24 minutes in my work week to do a review of Dollaramas… I just did my first foray at the big DR @ Midland & Eglinton. Took pictures, talked to folks, bought stuff.

    I think that James does bring up a very valid point about where these products come from. I’d say the majority of products “made exclusively for Dollarama” do come from China. And people are paid poorly to create products that cost pennies.

    I see two kinds of folks in my local Dollarama (Queen Street West @ Landsdowne). The first are people who can afford to furnish their kitchens, decorate their first apartments, supply their kid’s birthday parties at the Dollarama than shopping at say… The Bay. Or Canadian Tire. Or Shoppers Drug Mart. And power to ’em, I say. I bought a set of Ginsu steak knifes eight years ago at the DR, and they still work great. $1.

    The other set are people like myself. I make some money, but not a lot. I have student loans to pay but I can make rent, and still buy a $10 bottle of red wine once a week. I go to Dollarama for the kitsch value of some of the crazy items. I go to buy super cheap crafty stuff to experiment with. I can buy an Oral B toothbrush, or a 3 pack of Ivory Soap for a $1 each; or I can go to SDM and spend $6. Simple economics. That’s $5 towards next week’s booze run. :)

    I buy my coffee from a local cafe that buys organic fair trade beans. I buy my notebooks from a local bookshop that imports them from a small italian company that’s been making them since Hemingway’s heyday. T-shirts are American Apparel or Space FB. My work clothes are mainly created by local Toronto and Montreal designers. My glasses came from Rapp.

    But my glitter glue, shooter glasses with LED lights in the bottom, and toothpicks will always come from Dollarama. It’s all about balance.

    PS Dollarama list that I know of:
    Dufferin Mall; Queen & Landsdowne; Midland & Eglinton; Ellesmere Rd across from Centennary Hospital; Scarbourough Town Centre; Morningside Mall; Yonge & St Charles; Gerrard Square; Eglinton Square; Markham & Lawrence…


  30. Sean (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

    i work at a dollarama and its great. to explain lou’s comment regarding no interac, its because the fees and equipment cost too much, and therefore things would have to be more then a dollar.


  31. Lorie (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    There is a Dollarama at the Five Points Mall in Oshawa, at Taunton and Ritson, beside the Zellers store. And there is another one at King Street and Wilson Road in Oshawa, right next to the Price chopper.



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