REPORTING · 23rd April 2014
On Wednesday, April 16th, rumor began to spread around Kitimat that the Supervalu is closing. According to Loblaw, this might not be the case.
“Loblaw Companies wishes to continue operating our Supervalu store at 194 City Centre in Kitimat, BC. Unfortunately, we have been unable to negotiate a new lease. We have made a request to the landlord for a lease extension and we are currently waiting for a response,” said Gordon Chem, executive vice-president, Western Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited.
“The company and the staff at our Supervalu store have been proud to serve the residents of Kitimat. We hope to continue serving them in the future.”
Since the concerns began, we at the Kitimat Daily have been approached by a number of citizens who are concerned about having only one grocery store. Aside from people losing their jobs, there are other concerns as well.
Many people have told us having two grocery stores in town allows them to select a quality of food which they prefer. Speaking strictly to Supervalu, we have received reports that some people like the store brands, others like the prices. One person even told us that there are many local restaurants which shop there.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan even told us that she has saved money in the past by ‘shopping the bargains’ at both local grocery stores.
Regardless of the end decision, Loblaw will still have a presence in Kitimat. A news release on their website explained they recently acquired Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation.
Competition is in the best interests of the consumer
Comment by Larry Walker on 23rd April 2014
It goes without saying that brisk competition in the food market is in the best interests of all the residents of Kitimat. I hope they can work out a deal.
Comment by anonymous on 23rd April 2014
Maybe you should contact the owner of the building and get his side of the story?
Primarily because the only information I've been able to find on the owner of the building is it is not Kiticorp.