Times Colonist

Thrifty decision is in the bag

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The future of plastic bags at Thrifty Foods stores likely will be decided near the beginning of 2012.

After doing away with plastic carry-out bags at its 26 stores two years ago, the grocery chain cited customer preference in deciding in August to bring them back on a trial basis to three mainland stores.

The trial ended Monday at stores in North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Abbotsford, and the plastic bags there will be phased out. The public has a part to play in what happens next, Thrifty Foods spokeswoma­n Erin Kelly said.

“We said we were going to evaluate all the feedback from Facebook and from our website and our phone calls, and then analyze the results,” Kelly said in an interview.

When plastic bags were initially dropped and reusable bags were touted, not everyone got on board. Paper bags have maintained a strong following, and some shoppers have a preference for plastic.

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