Sobeys has announced that it plans to open BC’s first 10 FreshCo stores this year.
The discount grocery brand locations will replace Safeways locations in Metro Vancouver and beyond that have been shut down.
Five FreshCo stores will open this spring in closed Safeway locations, while five currently operating Safeway stores will shut down for several months as they are renovated as FreshCo stores.
Temporary pharmacies will continue to operate at all but one of the locations while renovations are underway.
An additional two FreshCo locations are slated to open in Manitoba this year.
Ultimately, a quarter of Empire Co.’s 255 Safeway and Sobeys stores will be converted to the FreshCo banner.