Sobeys con­vert­ing Grand Bank store to Food­land

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE

Sobeys is mak­ing a change in Grand Bank.

A com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive has con­firmed the store in the town will soon be turned into a Food­land, a Cana­dian chain of no-frills su­per­mar­kets owned by Sobeys and lo­cated mostly in ru­ral ar­eas of At­lantic Canada and On­tario.

Ac­cord­ing to an email on Tues­day from Shauna Selig, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Sobeys in At­lantic Canada, the com­pany re­cently shared news of the con­ver­sion with em­ploy­ees in Grand Bank.

Selig’s email in­di­cated an anal­y­sis of the mar­ket and look at the fu­ture of the busi­ness in the town de­ter­mined the community-ban­ner for­mat un­der Food­land would bet­ter serve the long-term needs of both the com­pany and cus­tomers in the re­gion.

“This store will tran­si­tion as a cor­po­rate site with the plan to fran­chise in the com­ing months,” the email stated. “The tim­ing of that change will be based on the con­fir­ma­tion of the fran­chisee and time re­quired to set up his/ her busi­ness.”

New ex­te­rior sig­nage will be in­stalled and the Food­land flyer will be launched this Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the email.

On Wed­nes­day, Selig pro­vided some ad­di­tional an­swers to ques­tions via email about the changeover.

As Food­land has a dif­fer­ent struc­ture, two em­ploy­ees were of­fered com­pen­sa­tion pack­ages and have de­cided to move on. There are no planned clo­sures out­side of reg­u­lar busi­ness hours dur­ing the con­ver­sion. As well, the Food­land op­er­a­tion will have a phar­macy.

“Cus­tomers will see a change in as­sort­ment as we work to im­prove the of­fer and align with the Food­land pro­grams,” Selig’s email on Wed­nes­day stated.

“They will see an ex­panded as­sort­ment of gluten-free and nat­u­ral source prod­ucts and ex­panded of­fer in fresh de­part­ments in­clud­ing meat, deli and bak­ery – so pos­i­tive changes to come!”

The tran­si­tion was a topic of dis­cus­sion at Grand Bank coun­cil’s meet­ing last week.

From the in­for­ma­tion he had gath­ered about the change, Mayor Rex Matthews said the move is a pos­i­tive.

“It’s not bad news. It’s re­ally good news. It’s good news for the community and it’s good news for the peo­ple that shop at Sobeys,” he said.

Sobeys has been a good cor­po­rate cit­i­zen dur­ing its time in the community, Matthews said.

“They’ve been good to this community and our peo­ple, and I ex­pect the same thing from Food­land,” he said.

Sobeys has 27 other Food­land lo­ca­tions in the province.

Selig’s email on Tues­day in­di­cated the com­pany is com­mit­ted to Grand Bank and grow­ing the busi­ness in the community. The store will be bet­ter po­si­tioned for long-term success un­der the new for­mat, it stated.


Sobeys in Grand Bank will re-open un­der the com­pany’s Food­land ban­ner Sept. 1.

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