Michael Medline, president and CEO of Empire Company Limited, says the recent Nova Scotia shooting tragedy was a senseless act that had a big impact on Sobeys, which calls the province home.
In a note to customers, he says that some friends and families of employees were impacted by it.
"Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and all Nova Scotians. Some of our teammates' friends and families have been impacted and we stand with them as we grieve this terrible tragedy. This senseless act hurts everyone across Canada. We all mourn with Nova Scotia."
When the tragedy occurred, Medline says employees of local Nova Scotia stores acted quickly and locked down stores and distribution centre locations in the area.
He adds that the actions of Sobeys employees is just the latest example of how employees and the company as a whole has continued to implement measures to keep employees and customers safe.
"Since this pandemic began, we have learned how to care for one another from a distance – even while at the grocery store. We've had to learn how to show up for our communities while staying home, how to work together to overcome the darkest of days. It's my belief that we've adapted to this new normal because of our inherent Canadian values – our ability to handle challenge with compassion, optimism, courage and perseverance.
"Our stores continue to improve and execute on our work to keep customers and teammates safe. We are committed to be vigilant and keep these standards in place. Our supply chain has been busy continually adapting as well. Our stores are now more full of food than at any time since late February when this crisis began. You will see us continue to innovate in our stores to keep everyone healthy.
"Some local communities across the country have put up lawn signs that read “Thank you grocery store staff! Not all superheroes wear capes!” I couldn't agree more. Most importantly, I cannot tell you how much these simple gestures mean to our frontline heroes. Thank you so much.
"While the world that we know now differs so much from the one we are accustomed to, we continue to keep the safety and wellbeing of our local communities our utmost priority. The road ahead might have more bumps. But nothing can take away how strong we have become together. We stand united as one resilient country."