Construction to begin early September
STELLARTON, NS, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - For 103 years, Sobeys has built and
renewed its assets in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and across the country.
This commitment continues with the announcement of plans to begin
construction of a new replacement head office building at 116 King
Street in Stellarton.
Totaling approximately 55,000 sq. ft over three floors, the new office
building will be built on land immediately north of Empire Company
Limited's office on the west side of King Street. The building will
continue to house a number of the company's senior executives as well as
national finance, human resources, legal and loss prevention personnel
who support and administer the company's operations across Canada.
The new facility will replace Sobeys' existing head office at 115 King
Street which has been the company's headquarters since 1946.
"Originally built as a food warehouse in the 1930's, our King Street
office has served us well for more than 60 years," said Bill McEwan,
President & CEO of Sobeys Inc. "And now we must replace our legacy
building with the contemporary office space we require to operate our
business today and into the future, ensuring that we provide an
appropriate, productive and pleasant work environment for our employees."
Notable architectural features of the new building include more
efficient space allocation, improved meeting and teleconferencing
facilities, energy efficient natural lighting, and solar hot water
technology and heat reflective roofing to reduce the reliance on air
conditioning in summer months.
For key design and general contracting services, Sobeys has awarded
contracts with the following Nova Scotia firms, including:
Architect: Anwyll Fogo Architects & interior Ltd.
Structural Consultant: Campbell Comeau Engineering Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Consultant: F.C. O'Neill, Scriven & Associates
Civil Consultant: MEC Engineering & Construction Services Ltd
Landscape Architect: Ekistics Planning & Design
Construction of the new headquarters is expected to commence early
September 2010 and be completed by September 2011. At this time, the
current head office building will be demolished and converted to a
parking lot to accommodate Sobeys Inc. and Empire Company Limited
employees. During construction, vehicles travelling east will be
required to turn either north or south at Mackay Street.
About Sobeys Inc.
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, FreshCo, 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
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