- Sobeys Inc. President and CEO Marc Poulin and Thrifty Foods President Jim Dores were joined by Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich and Gulf Islands, Murray Coell, MLA Saanich North and Alice Finall, Mayor for the District of North Saanich to officially open the docks at the 152,000 square foot Retail Support Centre (RSC) near the Victoria International Airport.
"Today's opening is an investment in what we do best - creating an exceptional experience for customers in our stores," said Marc Poulin, President and CEO, Sobeys Inc. "This Retail Support Centre is just one of the many investments we continue to make in Thrifty Foods and in their growing network of retail locations on the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island."
The facility will employ about 50 people in 2012 with steady growth predicted for 2013. The Victoria airport location will service 19 Vancouver Island stores (20 with Crown Isle set to open in Courtenay in the fall of 2012), one on Saltspring Island, eight Lower Mainland locations and, through a wholesale division, more than 40 independent grocers province-wide.
"By locating this Retail Support Centre near Vancouver Island's major transportation hubs, we maintain our ability to source, store and distribute the best of what B.C. has to offer including an incredible selection of locally-grown, organic and sustainable products for which we are so well known," said Jim Dores, President of Thrifty Foods. "Roughly the size of two-and-a-half football fields, this sophisticated facility will simplify and strengthen our ordering and delivery process and expand the number of product offerings we have on our shelves."
The Retail Support Centre was designed and constructed according to LEED-level principles and is estimated to save approximately 1.7 million kWh or the power equivalent of heating 150 B.C. homes per year. Sustainability and energy saving features include the integration of natural landscaping, state-of-the-art lighting, Forest Stewardship Council wood products, and water, waste, and energy monitoring and recycling systems.
Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, B.C. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 28 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island.
About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 105 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com
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