Store manager Cathy Weiss and Senior VP Retail Operations Paul Cope at grand re-opening
It's back to business for Save-On-Foods' downtown Fort McMurray, Alta., location.
The store reopened on June 10 after being forced to close in April 2020 when high waters in the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers resulted in a mandatory evacuation order and severe flooding.
Major renovations were required to repair flood damage and make the store operational. Save-On-Foods said that as it embarked on repairing the store, it took the opportunity to update and renovate the location to offer customers a "clean, modern, refreshed store." Among its features are a fresh meat and seafood department, a new bakery and a large selection of Save-On-Foods Kitchen grab 'n' go items.
"I am so incredibly proud of the resilience of this team and of this community," said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones in a release. "It was only a few years ago, back in 2016, that this store was forced to close because of a wildfire, but these natural disasters have not stopped our team. It is challenging to stay closed for so long, but we are thrilled to be back in downtown Fort McMurray better and stronger than ever."
In addition to its downtown Fort McMurray location, Save-On-Foods operates two other locations in the area, the others Stoneycreek Village and Thickwood.