The Beaverton Foodland will close on March 30.
In an interview Tuesday (Jan. 22) night, Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden said she received an email from company officials earlier in the day confirming the closure.
“We had heard rumours. Now that it’s in writing it’s official,” she said.
According to Mayor Bath-Hadden, the owner has informed Sobey’s (parent company of Foodland) that it can no longer lease the Simcoe Street property. It will be listed for sale as vacant.
As the only grocery store in the village proper, the closure will most certainly present a challenge for residents without transportation.
“I am planning on discussing this with Durham transit. We have to try to work out some solution to get residents out to Fisher’s Your Independent Grocer,” Mayor Bath-Hadden said.
Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb addressed the impending closure in a social media post, noting that the store has 21 employees.
“It’s very unfortunate. Let’s hope whatever will open there can support the jobs lost,” he said in an interview.
He pledged that council will do everything in its power to help with the transition.
“We understand many folks rely on this business,” he said.
“I am shocked and disappointed with the news that the Beaverton Foodland is closing its doors. I believe that having a grocery store in our downtown core is essential to meeting the needs of all of our residents. I hope that we can find a way to work together with the community partners to find a solution,” added Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble.
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