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Families and media get sneak peak at Steveston Save-On-Foods

By Lorraine Graves

Published 12:19 PST, Fri November 22, 2019

Last Updated: 12:49 PST, Fri December 13, 2019

In a village full of women shoppers milling about for Lady’s Night Out, the buoyant spirit was even greater thanks to the new Save-On-Foods at the corner of Chatham Street and Third Avenue in Steveston. 

The press and workers’ families mingled, snacked and sipped their way through the brightly-lit store that offers aisles wide enough for shopping carts, wheelchairs and strollers to pass each other with ease. The ground-level store now employs 145 people, most from Richmond, and 120 of whom are new hires. It offers some much-needed parking to the village as well. 

Save-On-Foods, part of the Overwaitea Food Group based in Langley, started in the Lower Mainland 104 years ago and is only on its second owner, Jimmy Pattison, the self-made man from Luseland, Saskatchewan. 

Pattison is known for his many philanthropic efforts, including major support for the new hospital in Saskatoon offering specialized care for mothers and children, now called The Jimmy Pattison Children’s Hospital. 

The group is also known for backing Canadian farmers, buying locally whenever possible. 

Store manager Adam Rondquist said, “We offer a full line of Canadian AAA beef. The bakery, my favourite part of the store, uses Western Canadian wheat and real butter for our pastries.”

In addition to supporting Canadian agriculture, Rondquist said that it is important to support any city they are in, including Richmond and the village of Steveston. “Save-On-Foods is here to give back to the community, especially where they need us most.” 

Rondquist went on to say they look for local events to help out with: “We will do our best to support you.”

The store, situated where Rod’s Lumber once stood, officially opened to the public Nov. 22, where the first 500 shoppers received a store gift certificate worth at least $10 and at least two that were worth $500.

For Saturday morning shoppers this week, the first 50 receive a Save-On-Foods Kitchen Pizza. 

Darrell Jones, president of Save-On-Foods and parent company, Overwaitea Food Group said, “We’re your new neighbours. We’re here to take care of you.”

Rondquist’s enthusiasm reflected that of the new workers and their families when he said, “Go Steveston.”

The new Save-On-Foods is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., as are the other Richmond stores at Terra Nova and Ironwood Centres. For online shopping click on: saveonfoods.com/shop-online-how-it-works/

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