REGINA – Shoppers in Regina have a new option for their groceries with the opening of the first Save-On-Foods in the province.
The Vancouver-based chain has had prairie plans for a while now, but first needed to get the infrastructure in place.
“We built our warehouse in Edmonton recently and now we have the ability to move east,” Store Manager Christopher Drobot explained.
“This is our first store in Saskatchewan and we have plans for many more. We’re going to be opening up in Saskatoon, in Yorkton, in Moose Jaw, and we have expansion plans as well for Winnipeg.”
Save-On’s soft launch Friday morning was well received by shoppers at the south Albert Street location. Just hours after opening at 7 a.m. the parking lot was full of curious consumers checking out the new grocery store.
The grand opening takes place on Saturday.
The store boasts online shopping, with pickup and delivery options, along with their “misfit” produce section as ways to stand apart from the competition.
“There’s a lot of time where the produce we get, we expect it to look perfect. The fact is there’s a lot of product that doesn’t make the cut for perfect top grade produce, but the fruit itself is perfectly fine to eat,” Drobot said.
“We also make sure a lot of product we can’t use in the store here is donated to the food bank.”