Sobeys opens store at SAIT Polytechnic



    Marks beginning of new relationship with SAIT

    CALGARY, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Students, faculty and employees living, working
and studying at SAIT Polytechnic have a new place to shop for their groceries
when Sobeys opens a new store on campus tomorrow.
    The 3,000 square foot store, the first of its kind for Sobeys in Western
Canada, is a unique combination of basic needs, fresh meat, produce and bakery
items. It also includes fresh, 'grab and go' meals including rotisserie
chicken, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, soups and pasta all made under the
supervision of Store Manager and Chef Steve Matte.
    The store opening also marks the beginning of a new relationship between
Sobeys and SAIT Polytechnic. In addition to the store on campus, Sobeys will
use SAIT Polytechnic's Meat Operations & Management program to train employees
for careers in store meat departments. Students in the program will also
supply fresh cut meat for public sale at the Sobeys SAIT store.
    Overall, Sobeys looks at their newest store as an opportunity to serve
customers on campus and to participate in campus life to further develop this
unique store.
    "With more than 100 years of experience in the retail food business to
draw upon combined with this new venture into the small store format, what
better place to evolve this concept than at a learning institution like SAIT
Polytechnic - a place where Sobeys, the students and the academic staff can
work together and learn from each other," said Gary Kerr, President,
Operations, Sobeys West.
    "Sobeys will be a great addition to our campus," said Thomas Soulliere,
SAIT's Director (acting) of Commercial Services. "Students, staff and the
communities surrounding SAIT will benefit from the selection and variety of
services offered at this new Sobeys location."
    The store officially opens to the public at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday,
February 28, 2008.



    Background

    About Sobeys

    Sobeys Inc. is a leading national grocery retailer and food distributor
headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire
Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores
in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland,
Price Chopper and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawtons Drug Stores. Sobeys Inc.
is committed to providing the most worthwhile experience for its customers,
employees, franchisees, suppliers and shareholders.
    More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeys.com.

    
    -  The West Region includes 155 stores in northwestern Ontario, Manitoba,
       Saskatchewan, Alberta and eastern British Columbia.
    -  Retail banners in the West include Sobeys, IGA, Price Chopper, Food
       Town and Sobeys Spirits, Wine & Cold Beer
    -  Sobeys has 63 Sobeys and 47 IGA stores in Alberta
    -  In addition to its retail network, Sobeys operates three distribution
       centres in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton

    Calgary Operations
    -  35 stores in the Calgary area
    -  11 corporate stores and 24 franchise-owned stores
    -  Sobeys West operates a 208,000 square foot warehouse in Calgary that
       serves stores in southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and British
       Columbia.

    Sobeys SAIT Campus store
    -  Approximately 3,000 square feet
    -  The first store of its size for Sobeys West. The store is a unique
       combination of basic needs, fresh meat, produce and bakery items, and
       fresh, in-store made meals including rotisserie chicken, pizzas,
       sandwiches, salads, soups and mix-and-match pasta and sauces.
    -  Construction began December 2007
    -  Store opens Thursday, February 28, 2007
    -  Hours of operation will be 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday,
       8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
    





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