“It’s just a huge, huge loss..” said Perth Andover Mayor Terry Ritchie when talking about the upcoming closure of the Foodland store. The grocery store chain Sobey’s announced this week that they’ll be closing around 50 stores in Canada.
“All in all it’s a shame as far as I’m concerned..and a lot of people feel the same way,” said shopper Russ Knox.
“At least it gave us some choice,” said Loretta Perley.
Employees were notified of the decision on Wednesday. Ritchie says this means 17 jobs lost in the community.
“What do they do now? Some of them were counting on this to go to college,” he said.
The manager of the store in Perth Andover wasn’t able to comment on the situation…and News Source 8 made attempts to reach out to the corporate office but haven’t heard back. Mayor Ritchie received a letter from Sobey’s saying that the store was underperforming.
“Traffic was starting to come here…it was starting to pick up but it was slow to pick up,” said Ritchie.
Some say it’s just another blow to an already suffering community.
“We’re really being tested..trying to maintain a village and all its services and the businesses with all the losses and it’s just been a really hard two years,” said councilor Dean McAllister.
Save Easy is the other grocery store in Perth Andover, but many say this is just going to lead residents to nearby communities to shop.
“People will just go out of town now and spend their money elsewhere i.e. Grand Falls, the US and so on,” said Knox.
The store in Perth-Andover as well as the other ones will officially close at 6p.m. on Saturday July 5th.