Ladner Safeway to close in less than a month

The Ladner Safeway will soon close its doors.

Earlier this year Sobeys Inc. announced the locations of its first 10 FreshCo locations in B.C., including the conversion of the Safeway store in Trenant Park Square. The store will close in mid-July, reopening a few months later under the new brand.

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“The Ladner Safeway store will remain open until July 13, 2019, at which point, the store will close for renovations before opening as FreshCo in fall 2019. We’re committed to providing our valued Safeway customers the same level of great service until July 13th and thank them for their loyalty shopping with Safeway,” a statement to the Optimist noted.

“We’re excited to introduce FreshCo to Western Canada. We know customers will be thrilled with our high-quality, fresh products at market-leading low prices. FreshCo is committed to helping the community make every dollar count. Ladner shoppers will no longer have to sacrifice great quality for fair pricing, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the FreshCo experience with them.”

Sobeys, which is 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. The first three FreshCo stores in B.C. opened in May in Mission and Richmond, while others will open soon, including the former Safeway at Strawberry Hill in Surrey.

Five years ago, Sobeys sold the Tsawwassen Safeway to the Overwaitea Food Group. The Safeway at 64th Avenue at Scott Road in North Delta remains and Empire isn’t saying if it will also eventually convert.





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