Port McNeill's Super Valu will close on Nov. 5

Port McNeill’s Super Valu set to close

The store, which has stood in the Town's central mall for decades, is closing in November

  • Oct. 10, 2015 8:00 a.m.

The Super Valu grocery store in Port McNeill is closing Nov. 5.

That closure is going to put 15 people out of work and put the nearest President’s Choice products about 200 kilometres away in Campbell River.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland, who only heard from Loblaws about the coming closure a couple of weeks ago.

“They didn’t come to the community,” Ackland added. “I find that to be problematic.”

Ackland added she has hopes that another grocery store might take its place – the community has had two grocers going back decades.

Employees were given eight weeks notice and severance packages, according to Loblaws.

“The store has been unprofitable for a number of years and we don’t expect it to turn around,” said spokesperson Catherine Thomas.  “It wasn’t an easy decision,” Thomas added.

The closure will have consequences outside of Port McNeill, also hitting the Port Hardy Harvest Food Bank. Despite Super Valu’s small size, the grocer was a major donor to the Food Bank, along with its neighbour, the IGA. The stores’ donations are worth “in the six figures annually,” said Andy Cornell, the food bank’s manager.

“With the impending closure of Super Valu, we expect to experience a significant decrease in donated food,” Cornell said in an email.

“How much this will affect our programs remains to be seen, but clearly it is not a positive development.”

And some people’s palates and wallets will be left hurting from the loss of the President’s Choice brand, said local insurance broker Diane Forsberg, who has had two of her kids work at the supermarket. Leaving the store last month, Forsberg explained that Super Valu stocked bulk products she couldn’t get elsewhere. And her taste buds have grown fond of President’s Choice – “It just tastes better than Kraft,” she said.

“Besides the kids losing their jobs, it’s going to be a blow.”

One consolation is that Port McNeill’s IGA, which stands just across the parking lot from Super Valu, expects to start hiring as it takes over some of its old competitor’s business.

“Once they actually close down and we start getting busier, we definitely will be,” said Jordan Wills, IGA’s owner and manager.

 

Just Posted

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

2018 municipal election: Few surprises on Vancouver Island

16 incumbent mayors will continue in their positions for four more years

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Dennis Dugas speaks out on being the new mayor for Port Hardy

“It was pretty overwhelming, but also pretty humbling to be chosen.”

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day seven of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

The online auction features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, with the sale scheduled for 31 October and 8 November.

In Khashoggi case: Saudi calls, ‘body double’ after killing

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage.

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur waives right to preliminary hearing

Bruce McArthur, a 67-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been ordered to stand trial on eight counts of first-degree murder.

N.B. village faces backlash after council raises ‘straight flag’

Chipman Mayor Carson Atkinson says the flag met the village council’s criteria because it “recognizes, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

Most Read