PRESS RELEASE: MAY 04, 2006

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Company Announces Courtenay Save On Foods to Close

The closure of the Courtenay Save On Foods store was announced yesterday by the company to our members. Local 247 Representatives Nora Butz and Lou Regenwetter were present at the store yesterday with our members when the announcement was made. Overwaitea company officials stated that the store would permanently close on July 28th, 2006.

Company officials are claiming "ongoing significant financial and competitive issues facing the store." as the reason for the closure and have further indicated that they considered converting the store again to another banner, but determined that further investment in this location was not a viable option given the store's financial difficulties.

Local 247 Secretary Treasurer Suzanne Hodge stated "that the closure and the reasons given for it came as a complete surprise seeing that at no time has the company so much as even hinted at or raised financial difficulties concerning the Courtenay store."

Local 247 President Gib Whitlock stated "We will do everything we can to assist our members at the Courtenay store and pursue all and any other options that are available or that may become available in the coming months". " A series of meetings are planned for our members at the Courtenay Save-On Foods commencing next week." "Local 247 will also be developing a job placement program and counselling sessions from our Education and Training Centre that will be run in Courtenay for our members in Courtenay, when the store actually closes."

"Local 247 is very distressed by the company's decision to close this store and the distress that they have inflicted on our members by doing so."

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