Sobeys converting Grand Bank store to foodland

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A company representative confirmed the store in Placentia will soon be turned into a Foodland, a Canadian chain of no-frills supermarkets owned by Sobeys and located mostly in rural areas of Atlantic Canada and Ontario.

According to an email on Tuesday from Shauna Selig, the communications manager for Sobeys in Atlantic Canada, the company recently shared news of the conversion with employees in Placentia.


Selig’s email indicated an analysis of the market and look at the future of the business in the town determined the community-banner format under Foodland would better serve the long-term needs of both the company and customers in the region.

“This store will transition as a corporate site with the plan to franchise in the coming months,” the email stated. “The timing of that change will be based on the confirmation of the franchisee and time required to set up his/her business.”

New exterior signage will be installed and the Foodland flyer will be launched on Sept. 1, according to the email.

On Wednesday, Selig provided some additional answers to questions via email about the changeover.

As Foodland has a different structure, two employees were offered compensation packages and have moved on. There are no planned closures outside of regular business hours during the conversion. As well, the Foodland operation will have a pharmacy.

“Customers will see a change in assortment as we work to improve the offer and align with the Foodland programs,” Selig’s email on Wednesday stated.

“They will see an expanded assortment of gluten-free and natural source products and expanded offer in fresh departments including meat, deli and bakery – so positive changes to come!”

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