In business for over 35 years, Mini Grid enjoys an international reputation with its wide selection and beautiful presentation of quality products representing the motorsport, automotive and motorcycle industries.
Started in 1978 by George Maxwell, along with his wife Julia and son Scott, it truly was a family business which operated out of their house as a mail order operation. Known as the source for model kits and die-cast, the business continued to grow, and in 1986 they opened their first retail store Unionville, a Toronto suburb, where the business expanded until moving in 2003 to its current location in downtown Toronto in the Mount Pleasant Village. George retired in early 2000, but still can be found on many Saturday’s making sure everything is running smoothly; while Julia is still active in the business and is often found greeting the customers she has known for 30+ years!
Over the years the business has changed dramatically. From the origins of 1/43rd scale model kits imported from around the world; expanding into die-cast in the 1980’s. As the kit industry began to shrink Mini Grid expanded its range over the years, with an extensive library of books and DVD’s and exclusive and rare automotive art. More recently over the past 5 years the welcome resurgence of the slot car industry has created an energetic and vibrant new customer base of all ages and has pushed Mini Grid to offer the largest selection of slot cars in Canada. Mini Grid is also the home of Canada’s largest slot car club, Maxport, which organizes and hosts racing throughout the year.
Scott Maxwell now operates the business when not on the road for his ‘day job’, a professional racing driver, currently driving for Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing.