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Save-On-Foods to open in Manitoba, SaskatchewanFriday, July 10, 2015 > 09:25:56
A new grocery chain is setting up shop in Winnipeg next year, and expects to bring hundreds of new jobs with it.
B.C based Save-On-Foods plans to open three stores in Winnipeg next fall at the Northgate Shopping Centre, St. James Station in the old Future Shop building, and at Bridgewater Forest’s townsite.
“The three stores here should create 400 or 500 jobs, usually 150 per store,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones.
The recent Sobey’s takeover of Safeway in Winnipeg meant it was a good time for the chain to set up shop here, said Jones.
“There’s one less competitor in the marketplace because they are now one company, so it does give you an opportunity, but we’ve had our eye on Winnipeg a lot longer than that.”
The appeal of Save-On-Foods is they don’t open “cookie cutter” stores, said Jones.
“We go to each community and see what is the make-up of the community and what do the folks really want.”
Jones said the chain has an “aggressive” plan to expand in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and hopes to eventually open as many as 12 stores in Winnipeg, which would create thousands of jobs.
The need for grocery stores in downtown Winnipeg is something Jones said they are aware of, but would not say if Winnipeg’s core is in their plans.
“We’re willing to take on anything that makes sense for us if we can do the right thing for the community, but what we don’t want to do is take on a store that we can’t properly provide for the people in that community.”
The first three stores in Winnipeg are expected to be between 40,000 and 65,000 square feet, and be open by next October.