No Frills store spells end for Extra Foods in Trail

The arrival of a No Frills grocery store is a packaged deal for Trail, which will result in the closure of Extra Foods.

The arrival of a No Frills grocery store is a packaged deal for Trail, which will result in the closure of Extra Foods.

The store located at Waneta Plaza will convert to Loblaw’s No Frills banner soon but details on when this will take place have yet to be confirmed, according to Craig Ware, Western Canada’s corporate affairs director for Loblaws Companies Limited.

The company is still working out details on switching to the new franchise operation and is following a conversion process that was negotiated with the union and ratified by employees, which includes an agreement to offer positions to all current Extra Foods’ employees.

“As we work through specifics around this, it would be premature to comment any further,” said Ware. “Once more details are available, including a proposed opening date, I would be happy to share it with you.”

Over the past few years, Loblaw has been converting its Extra Foods supermarkets in Western Canada to the discount banner.

“The No Frills will be a great community grocery store for the residents of Trail with the grocery essentials that our customers need and want,” said Ware. “Customers will continue to get popular President’s Choice and no name-products and great offerings with produce, fresh meat and baked goods.”

The manager at Extra Foods in Trail would not provide comment on the conversion, nor would the store’s union (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada).