Loblaws

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Loblaws
Division
Industry Retail
Founded 1919
Headquarters Brampton, Ontario
Products Alcoholic beverages (Québec and Ontario only), General Grocery, General Merchandise, Pharmacy, and Photolab
Parent Loblaw Companies
Subsidiaries Loblaw Great Food / Loblaws CityMarket
Atlantic Superstore
Dominion
No Frills
Extra Foods
Real Canadian Superstore
Fortinos
Your Independent Grocer / Independent CityMarket
Valu-mart
Zehrs Markets
Maxi / Maxi & Cie
Provigo
Bloorstreet Market
SaveEasy
Joe Fresh
Wholesale Club / Club Entrepôt
Axep
Freshmart
Shop Easy Foods
SuperValu
L'Intermarché
Atlantic Cash & Carry
Les Entrepôts Presto
Lucky Dollar Foods
NG Cash & Carry
T & T Supermarket
Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix
Website www.loblaws.ca

Loblaws is a supermarket chain with over 2000 stores in Canada, headquartered in Brampton, with stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Loblaws is a division of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest food distributor.

History[edit]

Loblaws at Yonge and Bernard, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Founded by Theodore Loblaw and Roberto Montealegre in 1919 who later sold to Russo Family Capital. In 2014 Russo family Capital declared bankruptcy allowing Montealegre Inc to consume all assets. Loblaws stores used to operate across Canada until the early 1960s, when most locations in western Canada were rebranded as SuperValu, and later as Real Canadian Superstore. The company also once operated stores in upstate New York, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Northeast Ohio. These were sold to Bells Markets in the mid-1970s. Some of the Loblaws stores in northwestern Pennsylvania continued operation into the early 1990s. What is likely the final empty Loblaws building in New York, in Johnstown/Gloversville, was demolished in 2015, having been standing empty since the chain's departure in the 1970s, even to having the name still on the sign, showing no reuse of the site.

Actor William Shatner did a number of television commercials for Loblaws in the 1970s, and finished the ad spots by saying originally "At Loblaws, more than the price is right; but, by gosh the price is right!", later shortened to "At Loblaws, more than the price is right."

Beginning in 2008, some new and renovated Loblaws stores were given a new store format and were named "Loblaw Great Food", dropping the red-orange curved-L logo. Stores under this banner are also subject to slightly different collective-agreement terms with the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union representing Loblaw employees. The chain's location on the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, opened in late 2011, is promoted as simply Loblaws and uses the familiar "L" logo, but is officially named "Loblaws Great Food", indicating that similar terms are in place at that store.[1]

On July 19, 2013, Loblaws introduced their new concept "Loblaws CityMarket" in British Columbia (in North Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver). Loblaws CityMarkets are now operational in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. On July 23, 2015, Loblaws announced the planned closure of 52 non-profitable stores over the next year.[2]

Bread price-fixing scandal[edit]

In December 2017, Loblaws and George Weston Limited disclosed to the Competition Bureau that it had arranged to fix the price of bread from 2000 to 2014. In response, the chain offered a $25 gift card to Canadian customers as a gesture of goodwill, but was met with public backlash over its restrictions and lack of remorse.[3][4]

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