EDMONTON, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Albertans who collect reward points on
pharmacy purchases, including Air Miles and Club Sobeys, will be
pleased to learn that the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has granted a
stay of the Alberta College of Pharmacists ban that would have
prohibited patients from collecting reward points on these purchases
starting June 10, 2014.
Justice J.J. Gill of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench granted a stay
of the implementation of the inducements prohibition, pending the
hearing of the judicial review application that is expected to be heard
in January, 2015.
"As a result of this ruling, Albertans will be able to continue to earn
loyalty rewards on their pharmacy purchases, including Air Miles Reward
Miles at Safeway stores and Club Sobeys points at Sobeys locations
across the province," said Sandra Aylward, Vice President, Professional
and Regulatory Affairs, Sobeys Inc.
In April, 2014 the Coalition for Consumer Choice launched the "I Earned
It" petition at www.iearneditpetition.ca, providing a strong and united voice for Albertans opposed to the ban.
Nearly three quarters of Albertans surveyed believe that it is unfair
to ban loyalty rewards and over 38,000 Albertans have already signed
the petition calling on the Alberta government to stand up for
Albertans and reject the ban.
About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys
has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 106 years. A
wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys
owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under
retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo,
Thrifty Foods, and Lawton's Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail
fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than
124,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the
best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More
information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.
SOURCE: SOBEYS INC.
For further information:
John Graham, Director of Public Affairs
Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc.
Phone: (403) 730-3511