Downtown Vernon Safeway to Close and Re-brand

Sobeys has announced six Safeway locations in BC will close and re-open as FreshCo stores.  The parent company says it is part of its discount format expansion into Western Canada. 

Mike Venton, General Manager, Discount. says “Discount is the fastest growing retail segment and we’re now participating in a meaningful way in Western Canada, providing customers with more choice and market leading low prices. Customers have been very excited about our international product
offering and easy-to-shop store format and we’re ready to continue building on our progress in B.C. and Winnipeg.”

The six future FreshCo store locations announced today, all in British Columbia, are: 100 Mile House (closing October 5, 2019), Williams Lake, Kamloops Sahali, Kelowna Dilworth, Vernon Downtown, and Powell River, which will all be closing November 23, 2019.  The company hasn't said how staff may be impacted.

The FreshCo stores are expected to open in Spring 2020.