From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:
Link: Kim’s Convenience mines Korean grocery store for laughs
Growing up in Toronto, Ins Choi worked at Jug City and Minute Mart.
What he didnâ€™t know was that the frenetic world of the convenience store would eventually become his Walden Pond, an unlikely place of literary inspiration.
â€œIt was my first high school job. I didnâ€™t know it was research back then,â€ laughs Choi, the creator ofÂ Kimâ€™s Convenience. Continue reading.Â
The real store that became Kim’s Convenience
When Yong and Kyung Chung started a variety store business onÂ Queen St. E. near Sherbourne St., they didnâ€™t bother to take the old sign down.
So, almost 30 years later, Mimi Variety remained a thriving business, even though there was no one named Mimi.
â€œOh, it wasnâ€™t a big thing,â€ says Kyung, 53.
So it wasnâ€™t a big deal either when a CBC location manager chose their store for the exterior shots, or that the store would be renamed Kimâ€™s Convenience.Â Though it still took a little convincing. Continue reading.