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Sobeys to sell 23 stores in 3 provinces

Competition Bureau orders the sale to preserve the grocery competition in Western Canada

The Competition Bureau has ordered Sobey’s Inc. to sell 23 stores in Western Canada before it will approve its $5.8-billion purchase of grocer Safeway Canada. 

The Nova Scotia-based supermarket chain says it has agreed to put the supermarkets on the block and it expects to close the acquisition of the Canadian assets of Safeway in early November. .

Sobeys, which is owned by Empire Co. Ltd., says the stores are under various labels, including Safeway, Sobeys, IGA and Price Chopper and Thrifty’s in BC.


Local 247 President Suzanne Hodge stated that it did not come as a complete surprise that the Competition Bureau would order the sale of some stores, however we did not have any confirmation of this until yesterday.

We were not expecting to see 3 of the 4 Safeway stores in the Victoria/Sidney area on the list. At the moment we are in the process of seeking a legal opinion with respect to several scenarios including the possible purchase of some or all of these locations by other employers in the grocery industry. At this time we do not have a lot of information regarding the proposed sale of these locations nor do we have any idea as to who the prospective buyers might be. We will continue to discuss this with the company and as soon as we have reliable confirmed information we will inform our members.

If a store ultimately were to close, then our members would exercise their rights under the store closure language in the collective agreement.

As part of the consent agreement, Sobeys will divest the following 23 stores, 5 of which are in B.C. The Thrifty’s in New Westminster is not unionized with UFCW and is on the list to be sold.


British Columbia  Sidney             Safeway        2345 Beacon Ave.

British Columbia  Victoria           Safeway        3958 Shelbourne St.

British Columbia  Victoria           Safeway        1950 Foul Bay Rd.

British Columbia  Tsawwassen    Safeway        1143 - 56 St.


British Columbia  New Westminster    Thrifty Foods  270 East Columbia St.


Alberta           Edmonton                    Safeway       2331 - 66 St. NW

Alberta           Edmonton                    Sobeys         18370 Lessard Rd.

Alberta           Edmonton                    Sobeys         5036 -106 Ave. NW

Alberta           Edmonton                    IGA              6204 - 90 Ave. NW

Alberta           Fort McMurray           Safeway       131 Signal Rd.

Alberta           Fort Saskatchewan      Sobeys         10004 - 99 Ave.

Alberta           Leduc                           Sobeys         5421 - 50 St.

Alberta           Wetaskiwin                 Sobeys         4703 - 50 St.

Alberta           Canmore                      Sobeys         950 Railway Ave.

Alberta           Cochrane                     Sobeys         65 Bow St.

Alberta           Taber                           Safeway       4926 - 46 Ave. 


Saskatchewan      Regina               Safeway            3801 Albert St.

Saskatchewan      Saskatoon          Safeway            3310 - 8 St. E.


Manitoba          Winnipeg           Safeway                  1441 Main St.

Manitoba          Winnipeg           Safeway                  77 Vermillion Rd.

Manitoba          Winnipeg           Safeway                  850 Dakota St.

Manitoba          Winnipeg           Safeway                  1120 Grant Ave.

Manitoba          Winnipeg           Price Chopper        677 Stafford St.


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