With this announcement, the Stellarton, N.S.-based grocery company has confirmed 37 of approximately 65 FreshCo locations planned for Western Canada. There are currently 22 FreshCo stores up and running across British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
"Empire's discount network has grown 23% since we opened our first store in the West only two years ago," said Mike Venton, general manager, discount. "We are committed to delivering market share growth through Project Horizon; Alberta is ripe with opportunity for Empire to compete with a strong discount offering. We are now more than half way through our FreshCo expansion in Western Canada."
Empire said the combined closure costs related to the seven conversions were "estimated to be approximately $11.7 million before tax and will be charged to earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2021."