Sneak peek inside Ladner FreshCo (PHOTOS)

It’s all about selection, savings and being part of the community.

That’s what new Ladner FreshCo store owner and operator Anthony Wong says about the community’s newest grocery store which opens Thursday at Trenant Park shopping mall.

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The discount grocery store replaces a Safeway which closed its doors this summer.

Earlier this year, Sobeys announced the locations of its first 10 FreshCo locations in B.C., including the conversion of the Ladner store.

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“This is a great community, a growing community and I want to be a part of it,” said Wong.

The Ladner store officially opens its doors at 7:30 a.m.

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The grand opening festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests in attendance, while the first 500 customers will receive free compliments butter and additional Cart Coin giveaways.

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Sobeys, owned by Empire Company Ltd., owns or franchises several grocery chains, including Thrifty Foods, IGA, Price Chopper, FreshCo and Foodland.

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The company stated it eventually plans to convert 25 per cent of its 255 underperforming stores into FreshCo locations over the next four to five years.

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“We’re excited to introduce FreshCo to Western Canada. We know customers will be thrilled with our high-quality, fresh products at market-leading low prices. FreshCo is committed to helping the community make every dollar count. Ladner shoppers will no longer have to sacrifice great quality for fair pricing, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the FreshCo experience with them,” the company stated.

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Empire last week also announced it's rolling out weekly Sensory Friendly Shopping hours at more than 450 stores Canada-wide.

The new, more inclusive shopping hours will be offered in Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Thrifty Foods, Foodland and FreshCo stores, including the Ladner location.

Sensory Friendly Shopping focuses on removing sensory stimuli that can overwhelm an individual with sensory sensitivities. 

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There’s no word yet if the Safeway in North Delta on 64th Avenue at Scott Road will also be targeted for conversion. It’s the last Safeway in Delta.

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