Overwaitea Food Group converts two Kelowna Cooper’s Foods stores in Winfield and in Vernon to Save-On-Foods

Winfield, Vernon Cooper’s Foods expected to convert to Save-OnFoods next week

Kelowna, B.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two Kelowna grocery stores have become Save-On-Foods after converting overnight from Cooper’s Foods.

The former Cooper’s Foods stores in Rutland and Glenmore, owned and operated by the Langley-based Overwaitea Food Group, officially opened as Save-On-Foods Friday, March 4 after all-night conversions with minimal interruption to customers.

Two more Cooper’s Foods stores in the Okanagan – one in Winfield and the other in Vernon – are expected to convert overnight and open as Save-On-Foods next Friday, March 11.

As Save-On-Foods, these stores will continue to deliver world-class service and a great selection of products with even better value, thanks to promotions and programs unique to Save-On-Foods including Darrell’s Deals, Talk about Fresh Solutions, and Talk about What’s New.

Friday was also a busy day for the Lakeshore Save-On-Foods, which officially opened its wine department, becoming the second grocery store in the Okanagan to sell B.C. VQA wine after the SaveOn-Foods in Orchard Plaza.

“We are thrilled to welcome two more Cooper’s Foods locations to the Save-On-Foods family, and know our customers in Kelowna feel the same because they’ve told us they want Save-On-Foods in their neighbourhoods,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Our stores have unbeatable value, the most innovative programs, and simply the best service around, and we can’t wait to share that with our friends and neighbours in Kelowna, Vernon and Winfield.”

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Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

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Overwaitea Food Group converts four Kamloops Cooper’s Foods stores to Save-On-Foods

Kamloops, B.C., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four Kamloops grocery stores have become Save-On-Foods after converting overnight from Cooper’s Foods.

The four former Cooper’s Foods stores, owned and operated by the Langley-based Overwaitea Food Group, opened Friday morning, February 19, as Save-On-Foods after converting overnight with minimal interruption to customers.

As Save-On-Foods, the stores offer the same great products by the same great teams, with the added value of promotions and programs exclusive to Save-On-Foods, including Darrell’s Deals, Talk about Fresh Solutions, and Talk about What’s New.

The Overwaitea Food Group is named for its 100-year history that began with the original Overwaitea store in New Westminster, B.C. Today, the company operates approximately 150 grocery stores in B.C. and Alberta, with a focus on customizing its stores to the unique communities it serves.

“We are so excited to welcome four Kamloops locations into the Save-On-Foods family, and to be able to give more of our customers what they want: great products at great value, in amazing stores served by world-class team member,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “As Save-On-Foods, we are thrilled to be able to continue living the legacy of friendly neighbourhood grocers established by Kamloops’ very own Cooper’s Foods.”

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Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
604 888 2079, extension 2200
mediarelations@owfg.com

Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

Langley, B.C., 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — To ensure that Centre of Store Merchandising is appropriately supported through the company’s anticipated growth and expansion, Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) President Darrell Jones has promoted Brenda Kirk to Vice President, Centre of Store Merchandising. In this capacity, Brenda holds responsibility for all Centre of Store merchandising deliverables for the Overwaitea Food Group and will continue to report to Blendle Scott, OFG’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Business Development.

Brenda brings with her 35 years of operational and corporate office experience, 15 of which she’s spent as a key contributor to OFG’s merchandising strategy development and execution. As a previous Store and Regional Manager, Brenda has led her team in building long-term and productive relationships throughout the supplier community and has developed a reputation for her ability to think both strategically and analytically. She’s played a pivotal role in developing and evolving OFG’s Own Local, Always Lowest Guaranteed, Fresh Solutions and What’s New programs.

Earlier this year, Brenda was rightfully recognized with the 2014 OFG Business Leader of the Year Award and earlier this summer she was also recognized by Canadian Grocer with its 2015 ‘Star Women in Grocery’ Award for her ability to analyze details while keeping her eye on the bigger picture.

Brenda is well known throughout the industry for her results-driven approach, and for her ability to drive business through innovative collaboration with strategic partners.

“I am so thrilled about this new opportunity with OFG and am very thankful for the support that I’ve received from both the OFG family and my own family – my husband Bob and three children Kassidi, Mitchell and Stacey, who are so important to me,” Brenda said.

About the Overwaitea
Food Group The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is the largest Western-based Canadian food store chain, serving more than 80 communities in BC and Alberta. The company has been in operation for 100 years, with its first store originally located in New Westminster, BC. OFG currently operates than 147 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, PriceSmart Foods International, and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners. With the support of more than 15,000 team members, OFG proudly provides customers with great local value in unique and innovative ways; delivering world-class products, services, and an exceptional in-store experience, customized to suit the needs of each community they serve.

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Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

Overwaitea Food Group promotes Brenda Kirk to VP, Centre of Store Merchandising

Overwaitea Food Group announces organizational changes to his senior leadership team

Langley, BC, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Overwaitea Food Group President Darrell Jones is pleased to announce the following organizational changes to his senior leadership team. With recent and anticipated continued growth, the Company has looked to optimize its structure to operate a growing organization and better align business processes in support of its overall strategic plan.

Jamie Nelson has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Operations.

In his new capacity, Jamie will hold responsibility for all operational deliverables for the Overwaitea Food Group, with operating General Managers and Regional Directors reporting to him as they do today. In addition, Jamie will take on overall management responsibility for Retail Support Services, OFG’s best practices group and Information Technology, led by Gayle Corah, OFG’s newly appointment Vice President of Information Technology.

With over 34 years of experience, Jamie is widely respected both within the Company and in the industry for his collaborative and results-driven approach. With his unique combination of experience as a successful operator and a strategic merchandiser, Jamie carries with him a wide range of experience as a Store Manager, Regional Director and Senior Business Leader in both the merchandising and operations sides of the business and has been recognized as both a Store Leader of the Year and Business Leader of the Year.

Together, Jamie’s team will work to deliver OFG’s Always Customer First mission, and with it the best possible experience for our customers, every day.
Blendle (Scotty) Scott has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Business Development.

With over 40 years’ experience in a variety of Senior Leadership roles, Scotty is well known throughout the industry for his ability to drive business results through innovation and strategic partnerships.

In this expanded capacity, Scotty will, in addition to his present responsibilities, assume overall management responsibility for development and implementation of all aspects of OFG’s go-to-market customer business strategy, including final accountability for store design and layout, as well as overall management responsibility for Supply Chain and Ecommerce, which will continue to be led by OFG’s newly appointed Vice President, Supply Chain and Ecommerce, Wayne Currie.
In addition, Mike Olson, will assume the role of Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, as part of this group. Mike’s unique background in Fresh merchandising, combined with his passion for innovation and strong understanding of how new programs best translate into a retail operating environment, make him a natural fit for this role. With this, Mike will be responsible for leading all aspects of OFG’s Fresh Merchandising areas, including new program development, innovation and OFG’s developing Restaurant business, along with the Ethnic Development portfolio and OFG’s specialty banner Urban Fare.

With this change, Ken Clark, formerly OFG’s General Manager of Fresh, will be taking on a new challenge for OFG as General Manager of Corporate Brands, reporting to Blendle alongside Brenda Kirk, General Manager, Centre of Store; and Ralph Lai, General Manager, Drug Store.

Brian Heppell, formerly OFG’s General Manager of Corporate Brands, will be taking on new responsibilities as OFG’s General Manager of Ecommerce, reporting to Wayne Currie.

Dan Howe, OFG’s Vice President of Marketing, Communications and More Rewards, will, reporting to Darrell Jones, continue to work in close partnership with the merchandising group on all Shopper Marketing initiatives.

 

About the Overwaitea Food Group
The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) is the largest Western-based Canadian food store chain, serving more than 80 communities in BC and Alberta. The company has been in operation for nearly a century, with its first store originally located in New Westminster, BC. OFG currently operates than 145 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners.

With the support of more than 15,000 team members, OFG proudly provides customers with great local value in unique and innovative ways; delivering world-class products, services, and an exceptional in-store experience, customized to suit the needs of each community they serve.

 

For more information contact:

Media Relations

mediarelations@owfg.com

604 888-2079, extension 2200