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September's top stories

Grocers were back to business during back-to-school season

1. What does the future hold for Sobeys' South Asian store?

In August, Sobeys opened a South Asian-focused discount supermarket called Chalo FreshCo in Brampton, Ont. We chatted with Rob Adams, general manager of FreshCo, about its expansion plans.

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2. Couche-Tard to retire Mac’s banner

Alimentation Couche-Tard is retiring the 54-year-old’s Mac’s convenience store brand as it unites under the Circle K banner in most areas of the world.

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3. Spud gets a storefront

Online grocer Spud made the moves to bricks-and-mortar earlier this month, opening a small storefront in Kitsilano, B.C.

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4. Canadian startups look to shakeup the grocery industry

Mondelez International has picked eight startups to participate in its Shopper Futures program, which invited tech startups to pitch ideas on how to solve shopper challenges in the snack category. Of those chosen, four are Canadian.

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5. Acosta brings in a new president

Brent Scowen, former VP of customer experience at Cogeco Cable, took the reins of national sales and marketing agency Acosta earlier this month.

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6. New market by Longo’s store serves the urban shopper

Longo’s opened the doors its fifth Market by Longo’s location.

The 8,500-sq.-ft. store is located in the historic Imperial Plaza building on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto. It shares the lobby of the building with a new LCBO liquor store.

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7. Innovations abound at CHFA East

Candian Grocer staff highlight a few products that caught our eye at the Canadian Health Food Association tradeshow.

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8. See inside Farm Boy’s newest store

Farm Boy opened its 18th store in Ontario and its first in the Greater Toronto Area. Located in the Toronto suburb of Whitby, the 28,000-square-foot store emphasizes produce and prepared foods.

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9. Overwaitea converts six stores to Save-On-Foods

Overwaitea Food Group announced it was converting some of its existing Cooper’s Foods and PriceSmart Foods stores in British Columbia to Save-On-Foods.

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10. Sobeys suffers from integrating Safeway business

Empire Co. parent company of Sobeys, reported a more than 14 per cent decline in fiscal first-quarter net earnings, citing costs associated with the integration of its Safeway business.

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