"Business as usual" but locals muzzled

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Loblaw buys chain

 

AMHERST – Shoppers is being bought by Loblaws for billions, but the local franchisee and staff aren’t being given the option to say a public word about it to the press. A Toronto-based spokesperson for Shoppers, Tammy Smitham, said a request to speak with local people couldn’t be fulfilled.

“We’re not in a position,” said the VP of communications.

The good news is that Smitham offered reassuring comments for customers of the local drug store, which, as part of the Shoppers chain, is being purchased by the grocery chain for $12.4 billion.

“Business as usual,” she said.

The points plan program offered by Shoppers, Optimum, will still be in effect, and no store closures are expected. The speaker said she couldn’t comment on the purchase’s effect on jobs but said she didn’t expect job losses in the local store as a result.

A voice message left for Loblaw was not answered.

eric.sparling@tc.tc

@ADNsparling

Organizations: Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Geographic location: Toronto

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