Co-op closing 2 north Calgary grocery stores in March, cites poor sales performance

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Shoppers successful northbound Calgary volition suffer 2 long-standing country market stores. Calgary Co-op is moving guardant with plans to unopen down a mates of its shops — a determination that volition interaction dozens of jobs astatine some the Village Square and Beddington locations.

Officials said the stores volition beryllium closing connected March 8 owed to economical reasons.

In a connection to Global News, Calgary Co-op said the hard determination was made with the champion involvement of members successful mind.

“Unsustainable income and progressively hard section economical and marketplace conditions for these stores mean we request to re-allocate resources to other, much sustainable stores,” the connection read.

Global News spoke with customers connected Tuesday, respective of whom noted their interest for some their buying convenience and the jobs of those who are presently employed astatine the soon-to-be-closed locations astatine 8220 Centre St N and 2520 52 St NE.

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“I’ve gotten my vaccines here, COVID and flu. It’s convenient, it’s crossed the street,” lawsuit Amanda Murray said. “The radical present are amended and determination are section products that the different grocers don’t carry”

“(The occupation losses) that portion of it is hard. Unless you enactment successful operation oregon thing similar that, there’s not a batch of occupation opportunities close now.”

No numbers are disposable yet connected the magnitude of jobs that are expected to beryllium mislaid with these closures, but the institution said it’s trying to minimize the damage.

Co-op said starring up to the closing date, the stores volition beryllium moving intimately with worker unions to support and re-allocate employees who would similar to stay with the company.

Co-op presently operates 21 market stores successful Calgary. The institution noted the nonaccomplishment of the 2 locations volition successful crook mean re-allocating resources to the redevelopment of the Oak Ridge and North Hill stores and a caller Co-op is besides planned to beryllium built successful Marda Loop.

Liquor and cannabis outlets astatine the Beddington and Village Square locations volition stay successful business.

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