Aldergrove FreshCo owner Ben Wade (from left) held a pop-up job fair with his new department managers Mike Pauls, George Bousserski, and Bambi Bard. (Sarah Grochowski photo)

Aldergrove FreshCo gears up for grand opening next month

Second big-box grocer in Aldergrove pops up to hire locally

Locals flocked to the Kinsmen Centre on Friday and Saturday for FreshCo’s latest job fair – which sought to fill its employee roster before the Aldergrove store opens on Nov. 14.

Franchisee Ben Wade, a Langley resident, was there to greet potential hires with his newest department managers.

“We’re going to be one of the largest employers in the community,” Wade explained. “So we’re going to do our best to be a part of it.”

The store at 27566 Fraser Hwy. has undergone extensive renovations since its May closure, when a reported 123 Safeway employees lost their jobs after Sobeys Inc. acquired the Canadian division of Safeway in 2013 as part of a $5.8-billion deal.

“They’ve divided the unit up and taken about 10,000-square-feet off for a separate unit they will lease to somebody else,” Wade explained.

Though no full-service departments will operate within the soon-to-open FreshCo, “when you come into our store you’re paying a lot less for your groceries,” he said.

RELATED: Mural for 18-year-old murder victim remains as Aldergrove FreshCo renovates

The location’s new grocery department manager Mike Pauls, from Abbotsford, will be challenged with maintaining a fresh stock of groceries on the store shelves.

Pauls previously worked at Safeway before switching to marketing, but the job opportunity in Aldergrove pulled him back into retail.

Aldergrove resident George Bousserski was also an employee of a Safeway before coming to work for Wade.

Bousserski will manage the produce department, responsible for a fresh fruit and vegetable supply.

“Produce will definitely be one of our biggest departments. Fresh is a really big push for the FreshCo banner,” Wade elaborated.

“We pride ourselves on our produce.”

Bousserski lives just a five-minute walk away, which will prove much more convenient than his previous job.

Meat department manager Bambi Bard, from Abbotsford, will manage the self-service meat areas in the store.

For Wade, it was crucial that his store management either lived in Aldergrove, “or very close to its borders.”

RELATED: Aldergrove shoppers watch Safeway ‘shelves go empty’ before store closes

Wade has worked at various Safeway locations for the last 18 years including Richmond and Langley, in a management role.

He admitted it was a tough decision, to run with the opportunity of running his own store.

“We’re sensitive to the fact that this used to be a Safeway,” Wade said.

“We strive to rebuild that sense of sincere relationships and interaction” that existed before the store’s closure.

FreshCo is “still part of a Canadian-owned family” of Sobeys companies, Wade emphasized, with the majority of its locations in Eastern Canada.

Wade also plans to utilize the Aldergrove store as a partner in community endeavours, such as school and other non-profit initiatives.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Spartans rule in Edmonton

Langley-based volleyball teams are off to a good start

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants’ Bowen Byram will take on the Russians

Defenceman will represent WHL on six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series

Kamloops Blazers blank Vancouver Giants

A loss on the road for G-men

Boarded-up house burns in Langley City

Cause of early morning blaze yet to be determined

LETTER: Langley student concerned about cost of fast fashion

Walnut Grove Secondary Writing 11 students have written opinions about topics of concern to them

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Man found dead inside Richmond business, IHIT investigating

Police believe the incident was not random

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

Most Read