Edmonton Journal

Sobeys to reduce workforce by 1,300

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STELLARTON, N.S. — The Sobeys grocery business expects to eliminate 1,300 jobs over the next year or two as it moves to open new distributi­on centres in Ontario and Alberta and continues to integrate Safeway Canada’s operations.

The head of Sobeys parent company told analysts in a quarterly conference call Thursday the jobs cuts will be implemente­d starting in late 2016 and will be primarily back-office functions.

Empire Co. president and CEO Marc Poulin says some of the jobs losses will be from closing of a support centre in Milton west of Toronto after a new automated distributi­on centre is opened in October 2016 in Vaughan to the north of Toronto.

Other jobs will be eliminated when a support centre in Calgary is closed, once an automated distributi­on centre in Rocky View, Alta., comes on line in mid-2017.

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