Sobeys to reduce workforce by 1,300
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.