Loblaw buys chain
AMHERST â Shoppers is being bought by Loblaws for billions, but the local franchisee and staff arenât 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 couldnât be fulfilled.
âWeâre not in a position,â 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.
âBusiness as usual,â 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 couldnât comment on the purchaseâs effect on jobs but said she didnât expect job losses in the local store as a result.
A voice message left for Loblaw was not answered.