Foodland to close downtown location

March closure will leave 40 without jobs

By Barb McKay


A longtime downtown Kincardine grocery store is closing its doors.


A spokesperson from Sobeys Ontario confirmed the news in a telephone interview with The Independent Friday - the Kincardine store will close in March 2012.


“Sadly, I can confirm that the Kincardine Foodland is closing, due to a number of business reasons,” said Sarah Stover of Sobeys Ontario. “These decisions are not made lightly. It was a decision that was made after careful consideration.”


The Queen Street grocery store employs approximately 40 full and part-time staff. Stover said employees have been informed of the closure in an appropriate and sensitive manner.


“We will work with the employees to see if there are other opportunities in the community or with any of our Sobeys chains,” she said.


Stover said Sobeys Ontario does not have an exact closing date, nor is it clear if Foodland will be replaced with another grocery retailer under the Sobeys blanket of stores, which include FreshCo, Price Chopper, IGA and Thrifty Foods.


“We’ve been proud to serve the Kincardine community at that store and we thank everyone for their patronage,” Stover said.


The grocery store was first owned by Ike Forbes, then by Bob Krupp, then Bill Cameron, before becoming a corporately-owned store a number of years ago.