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Dec 23, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Sobeys to introduce a new store in the downtown core

Ottawa East News

Sobeys is preparing to open a new store as part of the 27-storey Claridge Homes condominium development on Metcalfe Street, offering a new shopping option for the growing Centretown community.

“We are planning to open a Sobeys at this location, but it won’t be until 2012,” said Tracy Chisholm, director of communications and corporate affairs for Sobeys.

As reported in the Ottawa Business Journal, the retail food store is envisioned to occupy 4,090 square feet of commercial space on the Metcalfe Street edge of the ground level and 41,871 square feet of below-grade commercial space, according to a rezoning request filed in 2009.

The new Sobeys, located between Nepean and Lisgar streets, will be the first grocery store to move into the neighbourhood since Goldstein’s Supermarket closed two years ago.

The exact opening date of the new store has yet to be determined, said Chisholm.

Centretown residents have been limited when it comes to grocery shopping options since Goldstein’s closed, leaving only Hartman’s Your Independent Grocer on Bank Street to service the area.

Barry Nabatian, a retail analyst and director of research for Shore Tanner and Associates, said as a result of increased population, more food stores are needed in the downtown area.

“The supply of food stores have gone down when the population has been increasing because of the number of condominiums that are going up, which results in a huge demand for food stores,” said Nabatian.

For years, observers have noted there are a limited number of downtown grocery stores in Ottawa. Nabatian is hopeful the introduction of a new store in the area, which will add a little competition, will be good for residents.

Nova Scotia-based Sobeys, which has 1,300 stores across the country, has stores in Kanata, Barrhaven and Orleans. The Centretown location will be the fourth store in Ottawa for the grocery giant.

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