Posted at 9:29 am on January 23, 2018

Stellarton-based Sobeys is getting into the online grocery business. The food retailer says it will partner with Ocado Group PLC of the United Kingdom, a leader in online grocery shopping and home delivery to provide the service.

The first urban market in the country Sobeys has targeted for online grocery shopping is the greater Toronto area. Sobeys and Ocado will build what’s called a Customer Fullfillment Centre, a warehouse and shipping facility to support the new venture. It will take about two years to build the centre. Sobeys and Ocado will consider developing CFC’s in other urban markets.

Posted at 1:37 pm on December 13, 2017

Stellarton-based Empire Company has announced some changes in its grocery business. In releasing its second quarter results, the company announced that up to 25% of its 255 Safeway and Sobeys stores in Western Canada will be converted to its discount FreshCo banner over the next five years. Company CEO Michael Medline says it’s research and analysis suggests the West is fertile ground for “small box” discount and its FreshCo banner will resonate with consumers in Western Canada.

Empire lost $23.6 million in the second quarter ending November 4th as the company was hit with restructuring costs. During the same period last year, it posted $33.1 million profit.

Last month, Empire announced plans to cut 800 office jobs as it restructures, including 100 at its Sobeys head office in Stellarton.

Posted at 2:13 pm on November 27, 2017

Sobeys is launching a program to assist office employees in Stellarton who are leaving the company over the next year as it restructures.

Last week, Sobeys announced it is cutting 800 office jobs across the country, including 100 at its Stellarton head office. The company has launched a program it calls Sobeys Supports. It will cover 100 per cent of the cost of tuition, in two installments in any Nova Scotia Community College program.

Sobeys Supports also offers up to $300,000 in loan guarantees for former office employees to start their own business.

Sobeys Spokesperson Cynthia Thompson says that offering an extra level assistance to employees will hopefully help spread the entrepreneurial spirit that helped Sobeys start more than a century ago. Thompson says different levels of support will be given to everyone:

Existing businesses that hire employees leaving the Stellarton office may also be eligible. As well, Sobeys will subsidize interest on low-interest loans for those approved as part of the program.

For more information about the program follow this link:

Posted at 3:07 pm on November 24, 2017

The Stellarton-based Sobeys grocery store chain is chopping about 800 office jobs across the country. The company’s CEO, Michael Medline, says the job cuts are part of efforts to create one national organization out of five regional businesses. Medline says only office employees are affected. Sobeys officials say about 100 positions will be cut from its Stellarton office. Ten have already departed, the remaining 90 will leave the company between now and next July.

Province-wide, about 150 positions with Sobeys and its related companies are being cut.

Besides the Sobeys banner, the company operates Safeway stores in western Canada and the FreshCo discount brand.

Posted at 8:50 am on October 2, 2017

Officials with the Sobeys grocery store chain are pleased with a promotion featuring over-sized Canada-red Adirondack chairs in their stores.  The chairs were featured in all 83 Atlantic Canadian stores and another 23 in Western Canada.
The chairs were built by five social enterprises including CACL Antigonish.  Customers were encouraged to take a picture in the chair as part of a summer contest.  The chairs were later auctioned off.  Sobeys’ Director of Marketing Jason Tutty says it was promotion celebrating summer and supporting the communities it serves.
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Sobeys raised more than 23-thousand dollars from what it called it’s “Big Red Chair’ity Auction”.  Among those to benefit from the auction were the five social enterprises that built the chairs, Special Olympics, community children’s organizations and local mental health centres.

Posted at 8:51 am on August 21, 2017

 An initiative by the Sobeys grocery store chain with  Special Olympics Canada is moving into high gear.  The Stellarton-based company is providing increased access to nutrition education to Special Olympians
The director of community investment with Sobeys, Renee Hopfner, says Sobeys employees across the country have been trained.  In Nova Scotia, employees will deliver nutrition sessions in Dartmouth and Stellarton to coaches and athletes starting this fall.
Hopfner says in ongoing discussions with Special Olympics, nutrition education is a key area with its athletes.
During Special Olympics provincial summer games across country this year, Sobeys provided food and healthy snacks to volunteers, coaches and athletes.

Posted at 12:38 pm on March 15, 2017

While it acknowledges there is room for improvement, the parent company of the Sobeys grocery store chain has rallied from the huge loss it posted last year in writing down the value of its western business.
Stellarton-based Empire Company posted net earnings in the third quarter of 30.5 million dollars.  That compares to a 1.3 billion dollar loss during the same period last year, after placing an impairment charge of 1.73 billion dollars on assets it acquired in the 5.8 billion dollar purchase of the Safeway Canada grocery chain.
Empire’s revenue fell by 137.4 million dollars to 5.89 billion dollars, mostly from its Sobeys grocery business.  Same-store sales at Sobeys dipped 3.1 per cent.