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Honest Ed's sign coming down next week

By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

The Las Vegas-style Honest Ed's sign will be taken to storage where it will be refurbished and later displayed at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Victoria St. (TORONTO SUN/FILES)

The Las Vegas-style Honest Ed's sign will be taken to storage where it will be refurbished and later displayed at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Victoria St. (TORONTO SUN/FILES)

The iconic Honest Ed’s sign is coming down from its store-front home on Tuesday.

A crane will remove the 23,000-bulb exterior sign from the famous bargain store at Bathurst and Bloor Sts., starting at about 11 a.m.

The Las Vegas-style sign will be taken to storage where it will be refurbished and later displayed at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Victoria St., near the bright lights of Yonge-Dundas Square.

“I’m sure (my father) would be delighted to see his two great passions — Honest Ed’s, which in many ways was a theatrical setting for a grand parade of humanity, and the theatre world, which he loved — finally be joined together,” theatre producer and surviving son David Mirvish said in a release.

The final curtain came down on Honest Ed’s on Dec. 31, 2016. Ed Mirvish died in 2007 at the age of 92.

He opened the discount store in 1948 and was known for his Christmas turkey giveaways and lavish street parties with free cake, hot dogs and candy.

The Honest Ed’s site is being redeveloped with residential towers, retail stores and a public market.