Thrifty Foods Opens 2nd Store in Comox Valley
Oct 26, 2012
(News Release) VICTORIA — Thrifty Foods Crown Isle store manager Jeff Ackinclose welcomed St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation executive director Lynn Dashkewytch to celebrate the grand opening of the second Comox Valley-area Thrifty Foods with a gigantic pumpkin cutting ceremony.
“Thrifty Foods has been a proud member of the Comox Valley community since 1994 and my team is looking forward to welcoming customers into a brand new location,” said Crown Isle Store Manager Jeff Ackinclose. “I’m excited about the fresh experts on my team, as they are passionate about our We Pick BC First program, and about delivering superior customer service to customers in store daily.”
Thrifty Foods Crown Isle will have an in-store pharmacy, an expansive fresh produce department – including an eight foot wall of signature fresh cut fruit and vegetables – and will provide local residents with access to the Sendial program, an in-store shopping service which helps those unable to shop for themselves.
To kick off the grand opening, Thrifty Foods will provide two dollars ($2) from the sale of every BC pumpkin sold at both Thrifty Foods Courtenay locations, as well as $1,000 from the Thrifty Foods Pumpkins for Charity Facebook pumpkin carving photo contest on www.facebook.com/thriftyfoods, to St. Joseph’s General Hospital.
“Since 1996, Thrifty Foods has provided over $34,000 worth of donations towards the purchase of priority medical equipment in our hospital,” said St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation Executive Director Lynn Dashkewytch. “I, along with Dr. Will Tinmouth of St. Joseph’s General Hospital, encourage all who visit both Thrifty Foods stores to participate in this year’s Pumpkins for Charity campaign.”
The Thrifty Foods-owned Crown Isle Shopping Centre includes space for more than 20 specialty stores and restaurants, including Island-owned and operated Cascadia Liquor, a Starbucks, a bank, an insurance dealer, Toronto Dominion Wealth Office, Domo Japan Grill and Sushi, and a medical clinic.
Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 29 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island.
Jane Hallier and Carol Tinga of St. Joseph's General Hospital wheel out a giant pumpkin, created by artist and Thrifty Foods employee Dave Clarricoates, during the store's grand opening at its new Crown Isle location.