Grocery giant moving back to Marystown

Paul Herridge
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Marystown council has approved a permit for Nova Scotia-based Ryson Interior Construction to renovate a vacant space in Marystown Mall for Loblaw Cos. Ltd. — Photo by Paul Herridge/The Southern Gazette

It looks like there will be some competition in the grocery business in Marystown.

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is opening a No Frills store in the space vacated by Sobeys in the Marystown Mall in November 2010.

Sobeys left that space to open a big box store.

Marystown council approved a permit last week for Dartmouth, N.S.-based Ryson Interior Construction to renovate the space for Loblaw, which operated a Dominion store in the Peninsula Mall in Marystown until it closed in early 2010.

Loblaw has 175 stores under its discount chain banner in eight Canadian provinces, including in Paradise and Clarenville in this province.

The public relations department for Loblaw declined an interview last week and said via email the company is “not in a position to discuss any potential plans for this location at this time.”

Following the council meeting, Mayor Sam Synard said he planned to call the company to welcome them back to the community.

“Competition is really good. People are looking for competition in the grocery business.

No Frills is, of course, owned by Loblaw, so the store comes with a lot of history behind it as well.

“I think it will create an extra 30, 40, 50 jobs in the community, which is wonderful.”

At the Marystown Mall last week, Alp Hardiman of Garnish was all for another grocery store in the area.

“I think it’s a good idea for competition, because we need it,” he said.

Susanna Baker of Marystown agreed it will be good to have another shopping option.

“I think the prices are outrageous. I’m glad. Can’t wait for it to open.”

Bud Pollett, owner of Jasmine Jewellery in the mall, was hoping the company planned to open

an exit inside the building, as had been the case with that space in the past.

He said the mall hasn’t had a lot of business lately, and the new grocery store will help.

“It ought to increase traffic in the mall, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’ll do that much.”


The Southern Gazette

Organizations: Loblaw, Sobeys, Ryson Interior Construction Dominion

Geographic location: Marystown, Dartmouth, Paradise Clarenville

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Recent comments

  • iris cowan
    February 07, 2012 - 10:55

    i have 20 years of experience in customer service, i was wondering where to send my resume .i am a reliable peron and work very well with co- workers ,i want to thank you in advance for your time,looking foward to hear from you.

  • Ambrose
    January 20, 2012 - 10:25

    I think it's a good idea to have another Grocery store here in Marystown as the prices here now is out of this world. there is just no way people can keep up with it. I hope this new store won't move in the area and do the same with their prices as if they do we all might as well give up

  • trout brook
    January 19, 2012 - 18:02

    Loblaws have to keep the unions at the door step when they move to UNIONTOWN if it becomes unionized thay have nothing but a bunch of lazy WHINERS working there just like at OCI and look where those. guys are at

  • Trent Fancey
    January 18, 2012 - 21:31

    Just wondering where I can send a resume to for a job with No Frills. When are you starting to hire workers. You can email me to let me know.

  • Anne
    January 18, 2012 - 16:34

    Was a former employee of Loblaws for 26 years, and to think that the people of Marystown will welcome these people back after what they did too us 2 years ago. We lost 75 jobs at that easily people for get.......

  • jacquie
    January 18, 2012 - 15:52

    Is it true NO FRILLS do not accept credit cards ,only debit and cash ,like to know because i only use credit card to get my points , thank-you.

  • barbara
    January 18, 2012 - 13:14

    hi Im wondering here can i send my resume to

  • Tracy Hayse
    January 18, 2012 - 11:05

    Just wondering where do u put in a resume fora job.when r u starting to hire.

    • Donna Beck
      January 19, 2012 - 09:55

      We definately need some competition here on the Peninsula that's for sure. This will be great for people in Marystown and the surrounding communities.