The long awaited answer about what is going up in the former Co-Op store is known today. Giant Tiger will be the new store and it opens November 18 of this year.
Co-Op was dumped from the location even after trying to re-new the lease or even buy the property. It was a bit mystifying why a grocery store would be re-buffed in such a way.
1441 Main Street was a long time Safeway before being sold to Co-Op to satisfy federal competition rules. It appeared that the store was doing well but then the announced closure came. It was speculated that Giant Tiger might be the new store coming in but the building sat empty for some time before today’s announcement.
It remains to be seen whether Giant Tiger is a better fit for the area but they are a strong company with food and merchandise so this can’t be seen as anything but good for local people in the area.
This has been a guest editorial by John Dobbin.
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