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Thrifty Foods Opens 24 Hour Grocery Store in Downtown Maple Ridge

July 4, 2012
Convenient Fresh Food Format Offers Exciting New Choice in Haney Place Mall

VICTORIA, BC
- Thrifty Foods President Jim Dores alongside Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, Michael Sather, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Ernie Daykin, Mayor of Maple Ridge officially opened a 24-hour Thrifty Foods grocery store in the heart of Maple Ridge.

"Our new, 35,000 square foot store in Haney Place Mall offers the best in fresh and some of the greenest aisles in the business," says Jim Dores. "With an extensive array of both local and organic and a range of Power Smart features, we are a convenient, fresh and friendly new choice in the neighbourhood."

Completely renovated from top to bottom, the Thrifty Foods Maple Ridge location utilizes renewable natural gas and energy saving features including an integrated heating, cooling, lighting, and refrigeration system. As a Fortis BC and BC Hydro Power Smart partner, the refurbished location includes a state-of-the-art refrigeration system that uses natural CO2 rather than synthetic refrigerant gas. In total, the store's energy efficient upgrades and monitoring systems ensure a 65 per cent lower carbon footprint than a typical grocery retailer.

"After 26 years in the business, I am excited to work with over 95 new employees and many seasoned retail veterans from within the Maple Ridge community," said Dave Krupski, Store Manager of the Maple Ridge location. "As your new neighbour, I look forward to supporting local events like the Caribbean Festival as well as helping out those in need within the community as is our tradition since we first opened our doors in 1977."

Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. 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 104 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 the Sobeys Inc. website.  

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For more information, please contact:
Erin Kelly, Communications Manager
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1690 Cell: (250) 661-3759
Email: ekelly@thriftyfoods.com