Extra Foods will eventually become the new Kootenay Co-op.

Extra Foods closure puts 40 out of work

The Kootenay Co-op’s move was met with excitement from members but in taking over the Extra Foods location, the employees will be displaced.

The announcement of the Kootenay Co-op’s move this week was met with excitement from members, but in taking over the Extra Foods location the existing store and employees will be displaced.

Loblaw — who are the owners of Extra Foods — said in a statement earlier this week that they have no plans to reopen an Extra Foods in Nelson.

“The reason for the closure of this Extra Foods location is that the lease agreement we have with the land owner will expire at the end of May 2012,” said corporate affairs director for Lobaw Craig Ware. “We are working with the union to support our colleagues during this time of transition.”

There will be 40 employees impacted by the move of the Co-op.

“The unionized employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers,” said Ware. “We are meeting with the union to discuss how we can best support these employees during this time of transition.”

Tom Thomson executive director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce said the move is obviously both a good and bad thing for the community.

“You’ve got a great opportunity for the Co-op to move into a bigger and larger location as to what they were looking for, but on the down side there are obviously going to be a number of displaced workers that are going to be out of work or relocated within the community,” said Thomson.

The Great Canadian Wholesale Club located on Lakeside Drive is also part of the Loblaw chain and Thomson suggested there may be an opportunity for the employees to be absorbed with that store.

“There is always the possibility — and I’m not certain how the union works through different stores — of being able to assimilate some of those folks over at the Great Canadian Wholesale Club down at Lakeside Drive or Save-On Foods or Safeway,” he said.

Some of the employees of Extra Foods have been there for nearly 30 years and Thomson said the area around the 700 block of Baker Street has been serviced by a grocery store for many years.

“It’s obviously a concern for those folks because that location has been up at the far end of Baker Street for a number of years and that downtown core has always had the service of a supermarket of some store for decades now,” he said.

The relocation of the Co-op — who will take possession of the new property on June 1 of this year — means there will be a new vacancy on Baker Street.

“There is a lot of development taking place at the far end of Baker Street and I that’s very positive,” said Thomson.

Thomson mentioned the relocation of Big Cranium Designs to their newly retrofitted building, the construction and development of the Nelson Daily News building and the work on the old Canadian Pacific Railway station among the projects bringing new life to the lower end of Baker Street.

“There is a need for some more space and hopefully someone comes in and says ‘there is a great location at that end of Baker Street and we see the development opportunities in that area and we’d like to take over that from a retail or commercial perspective,’” said Thomson.

Extra Foods employees were unable to comment on the closure of the grocery store.

Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Ammonia leak shuts down Nelson Curling Club

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Four points for Fawcett as Leafs win 7th straight

Nelson edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Bashful Balladeers bring voices to Vernon

Despite hiding behind masks, talent shines with this group

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read