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Hundreds sign petition to re-install Sam the Record Man sign

The flagship Sam the Record Man store at 347 Yonge Street at Gould Street in downtown Toronto, Canada on June 29, 2007, one day before closing permanently on June 30, 2007. Michael Hudson / The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Over 600 people have signed a petition encouraging councillors to hold Ryerson University to a 2008 agreement that would see the iconic “Sam the Record Man” sign back at Yonge and Dundas Square.

The petition had more than 660 signatures Thursday afternoon, calling on councillors Paula Fletcher and Kistyn-Wong Tam to vote against a motion that would keep the sign in storage.

“Do not let Ryerson reneg [sic] on the deal to put up Sam the Record Man signage,” the petition reads.

Ryerson’s bid to build on the site of the former record store at 347 and 349 Yonge Street in 2008 was met with resistance from some city councillors at the time who threatened to make it a heritage property at the time.

But a pledge by the university to restore and re-install the sign won over some of the nostalgic councillors.

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A motion put forward by city staff to the Toronto and East York Community Council aims to allow Ryerson to keep the sign in storage for at least two years and instead celebrate the record store with both a commemorative insert on the sidewalk and a website entitled “Music on Yonge – celebrating 70 years of Sam’s.”

The motion will be reviewed by community council on Sept. 10.

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