Top 5 most unexpected closures in Brampton for 2023


Published January 4, 2024 at 1:31 pm

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The start of a new year can be a time for new beginnings, but it’s also a chance for reflection and a look back at how things have changed in Brampton.

You may have already seen’s list of the five biggest Brampton openings last year, but here’s a look at five of the most unexpected closures in Brampton for 2023:

Apple Factory Country Grocer

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Brampton’s iconic Apple Factory closed up shop this year after a 44-year run to make way for a new housing development.

First opening in 1979, the Apple Factory Country Grocer has been a staple in Brampton and Halton Hills and attracts visitors across the GTA as a tourist destination.

Development applications filed to the city show a proposed development on the site that would see the five existing structures torn down to build a community of four-storey stacked townhouses and three high-rise mixed-use towers.

Che Thuy Nga – Viet Subs Banh Mi

Che Thuy Nga started as a Chinese restaurant but later shifted to selling banh mi Vietnamese subs and was rated five stars on review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor.

The shop has now shuttered its doors at the strip mall located at 143 Clarence St. with users on social media lamenting the sub shop’s closing, with some hoping the owners will reopen in a new location.


The big box grocery store closed up shop but switched over to a No Frills location in the fall.

Workers at the new No Frills spoke out after they say staff members were forced to take a pay cut or walk away from their jobs.  That decision came down to a “buyout” lump sum that would see them exited from the company, or a “buydown” payment as compensation for a lower rate of pay.

Thai Pepper

This family-owned restaurant located at 2 Fisherman Drive near Hurontario and Sandalwood closed in June.

Thai Pepper had become a popular staple in Brampton’s restaurant scene over the years due to their selection of authentic, home-style Thai cuisine and friendly service.

RONA Home & Garden

brampton rona closing sale

The sprawling home and garden centre located at 50 Gillingham Drive in Brampton announced it is closing permanently on Jan. 11. Staff say the store is blowing out its inventory and has deals in every department with price markdowns between 35 and 60 per cent.

Some of the biggest deals are in the seasonal and flooring departments according to staff, who say the sale will continue until the anticipated closing date early next year.

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