9:30 p.m., March 31)
New Sobeys store opens its doors to enthusiastic customers
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
in Orléans now have two Sobeys stores to choose
from when they buy their groceries. Ten years after the
very first Sobeys in Ottawa opened its doors at Trim and
Innes, a second location has been opened at Tenth Line
Road and Brian Coburn Blvd. in Avalon.
began lining up at 7:30 a.m. for Friday's 8 a.m. grand
opening in the hopes of being the first to take advantage
of the store's grand opening deals and getting one of
500 $10 gift certificates.
Eric Foget cuts the ribbon to the new Sobeys
store at Tenth Line Road and Brian Coburn Blvd.
as his father Allan (left), mother Joanne, and
wife Sara look on with their five-week-old daughter
Nora. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the shoppers passed through the doors they were invited
to witness the opening ceremonies and official ribbon
cutting attended by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Sobeys Atlantic/Ontario
president Beth Newlands Campbell, and Cumberland Ward
Coun. Stephen Blais.
owner, Eric Foget also took the occasion to present a
$2,500 cheque to a grateful Nicole Perras, coordinator
of the Orléans Cumberland Community Resource Centre
amazing," Perras said after receiving the donation.
"Sobeys is one of our strongest community partners
and they are helping us make a difference in our community.
By providing this money we will be able to buy fresh produce
for the families that come to our foodbank."
making the donation, Foget is continuing a tradition established
by his father Allan when he first opened the Trim and
Innes store in 2007. Eric was just 20 years old at the
time and was still wet behind the ears when it came to
operating a business. Still, his dream was to open his
own store by the time he turned 30, which he has managed
to do, but he never dreamed he would open a store and
have a brand new baby girl at the same time.
wife Sara gave birth to their first child Nora, just five
weeks ago. The couple has made Orléans their home
and they couldn't be more thrilled with the prospect of
starting a family here.
a wonderful community. I live here and I couldn't be happier
to live and operate a store in Orléans," said
for the store itself, Eric believes shoppers will be pleasantly
surprised with the differences between the new location
and the more traditional Sobeys stores in Ottawa. For
starters, they have a much larger selection of prepared
food that includes sliced prime rib and a self serve counter.
There's also a fresh fruit juice bar with 25 different
varieties of fresh fruit juice.
Eric emceed the opening ceremony, his parents Allan and
Joanne stood in the background looking on with pride.
Allan is still the owner operator of the Trim and Innes
store. In other words father and son are in direct competition.
will be fun. If I am going to lose any business at least
it will go to my son and keep it the family," joked
Allan. "Honestly, it's nice to see him continue the
tradition of being in the grocery business and the helping
the community. I couldn't be prouder."
the Trim and Innes store which is open 24 hours, the new
store will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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