Ladner FreshCo set to open

Delta’s newest grocery store will be opening soon, promising great selection and low prices.

For the past few months the former Safeway grocery store in Ladner’s Trenant Park shopping mall has been undergoing renovations to convert the space into a FreshCo.

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A company spokesperson said the new FreshCo is scheduled to open on Thursday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. win a ribbon cutting grand opening event.

Parent company Sobeys continues to advertise job openings for grocery, meat and produce clerks and cashiers.

Earlier this year Sobeys announced the locations of its first 10 FreshCo locations in B.C., including the conversion of the Safeway store in Ladner.

Sobeys, owned by Empire Company Ltd., owns or franchises several grocery chains, including Thrifty Foods, IGA, Price Chopper, FreshCo and Foodland.

An earlier news release from the company stated it plans to convert 25 per cent of its 255 underperforming stores into FreshCo locations over the next four to five years.

Several stores have opened in recent weeks including one this Thursday in Maple Ridge.

Earlier this year a FreshCo opened in a former Safeway space at the Strawberry Hill shopping mall along Scott Road in Surrey.

There’s no word yet if the Safeway in North Delta on 64th Avenue at Scott Road will also be targeted for conversion. It’s the last Safeway in Delta.

Five years ago, new parent company Sobeys sold the Tsawwassen Safeway to the Overwaitea Food Group following a Competition Bureau ruling regarding Sobeys' previous acquisition of Canada Safeway.

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