John Manax, VP of operations for Food Basics;Kely Gallloway-Sealock, Kitchener councillor; Mark Chaves, store maanger; Karen Redman, regional chair of Waterloo; Tom Galloway, Region of Waterloo councillor; Paul Bravi, SVP of Food BasicsFrom left: John Manax, VP of operations for Food Basics; Kelly Galloway-Sealock, Kitchener councillor; Mark Chaves, store manager; Karen Redman, regional chair of Waterloo; Tom Galloway, Region of Waterloo councillor; Paul Bravi, SVP of Food Basics. Photos by Richard Sibbald.

Food Basics celebrated the opening of its 141st store in Kitchener, Ont. on November 18.

The new 31,000 sq ft store is located in Kitchener's Williamsburg area. In addition to the regular offerings, the store features fresh BBQ chickens, locally sourced products and self-checkout lanes.

“Food Basics is always looking to expand to new communities, and we are excited that we are continuing to grow and invest in a dynamic and diverse community like Williamsburg,” says John Manax, vice president of operations, Food Basics. “No matter where you live, people are always looking for ways to save. Residents who may be first-time shoppers at Food Basics will get to know us as a discount grocer that is a reliable source for fresh, always-in-stock, healthy food at great prices.”

To further strengthen its commitment to the community, Food Basics will donate $2,500 to the Salvation Army Kitchener, which is affiliated with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region as part of the Community Food Assistance Network. All Kitchener Food Basics locations, in addition to the Waterloo store, are partnered with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region in support of Metro's One More Bite food recovery program—to help curb food insecurity and reduce the environmental impacts generated by the landfilling of organic waste. In 2021 the One More Bite program has recovered and redistributed 77,642 lbs. of food to this community, which is the equivalent of 64,686 meals. The Williamsburg store will be joining the program in the coming weeks.

 

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