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Thrifty Foods Opens 2nd Store in Comox Valley

October 24, 2012
Community Fundraiser to Support Hospital Kicks Off Grand Opening Week

COURTENAY, BC - Thrifty Foods Crown Isle Store Manager Jeff Ackinclose welcomes City of Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula, St. Joseph's General Hospital Foundation Executive Director Lynn Dashkewytch to the grand opening of the second Comox Valley-area Thrifty Foods.

"Thrifty Foods has been a proud member of the Comox Valley community since 1994 and my team is looking forward to welcoming customers into a brand new location," said Crown Isle Store Manager Jeff Ackinclose. "I'm excited about the fresh experts on my team, as they are passionate about our We Pick BC First program, and about delivering superior customer service to customers in store daily."

Thrifty Foods Crown Isle will have an in-store pharmacy, an expansive fresh produce department - including an eight foot wall of signature fresh cut fruit and vegetables - and will provide local residents with access to the Sendial program, an in-store shopping service which helps those unable to shop for themselves.

To kick off the grand opening, Thrifty Foods will provide two dollars ($2) from the sale of every BC pumpkin sold at both Thrifty Foods Courtenay locations, as well as $1,000 from the Thrifty Foods Pumpkins for Charity Facebook pumpkin carving photo contest on, to St. Joseph's General Hospital.

"Since 1996, Thrifty Foods has provided over $34,000 worth of donations towards the purchase of priority medical equipment in our hospital," said St. Joseph's General Hospital Foundation Executive Director Lynn Dashkewytch. "I, along with Dr. Will Tinmouth of St. Joseph's General Hospital, encourage all who visit both Thrifty Foods stores to participate in this year's Pumpkins for Charity campaign."

The Thrifty Foods-owned Crown Isle Shopping Centre includes space for more than 20 specialty stores and restaurants, including Island-owned and operated Cascadia Liquor, a Starbucks, a bank, an insurance dealer, Toronto Dominion Wealth Office, Domo Japan Grill and Sushi, and a medical clinic.

Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 29 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island and Saltspring 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


For more information, please contact:

Erin Kelly, Communications Manager
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1690 Cell: (250) 661-3759