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Dollarama

1337 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6K 1L8

416-531-4809

Dollarama is a chain of discount stores where everything is $1.

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What:

Store Type | Discount Stores
Payment | Cash

Where:

Neighbourhood | Downtown
Getting There | Queen Streetcar West
Cross Street | Queen and Lansdowne

When:

Mon–Fri: 10:30AM–9PM, Sat: 9:30AM–8PM, Sun: 9:30AM–7PM

Profile Last Updated: August 04, 2008

Bona Fide Dollar Store
Dollarama is a franchise chain of over 300 dollar stores across Canada with its headquarters in Montreal. Most of its stores are located in the province of Quebec where the chain has expanded from scratch, but there are now several dozen in the GTA alone. Unlike traditional dollar stores, which are usually run as independent stores and offer miscellaneous discount items at varying prices, Dollarama prices are all priced to $1, whether you’re buying a bag of chips, a plunger or dishware, eliminating the time and cost of price-tags. Notable exceptions to the $1 policy are certain types of candy, which can sell as two for $1, or chocolate bars, which retail for $0.65 per unit.

No Frills, Cash Only
To help keep costs low, Dollarama does not accept automated payment of any form, so make sure to bring cash. Since the chains carry so much random stock, it can also be difficult to find particular items, as the aisles are not generally labeled very clearly. However, objects are clumped into recognizable groups in the compact aisles, so you’ll find dolls, yo-yos, plastic swords, toy guns and dinosaur figurines together with the rest of the toys. They usually have full sections dedicated to stationary and office supplies, hardware and home décor and nonperishable groceries and dishware.

Season’s Greetings
Depending on the season, you’ll always find a boatload of knickknacks to liven up the holidays, whether its pastel placemats for Easter, stocking stuffers for Christmas or spooky decorations for Halloween. While the brands are usually no-name and quality is never guaranteed, the store is ideal for finding the essentials, building costumes, novelty gifts and you can always be assured that you’ll never be paying more than one dollar.