Sobeys converting Grand Bank store to Foodland
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.