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(Posted 9:30 p.m., March 31)
New Sobeys store opens its doors to enthusiastic customers

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Residents 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.

Shoppers 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.

Owner 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

As 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.

Franchise 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 foodbank.

"It's 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."

In 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.

Eric's 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.

"It's a wonderful community. I live here and I couldn't be happier to live and operate a store in Orléans," said Foget.

As 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.

As 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.

"It 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."

Unlike 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 week.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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