Safeway in Williams Lake is slated to close Oct. 26. Angie Mindus photo

Safeway in Williams Lake is slated to close Oct. 26. Angie Mindus photo

A sign of change: Safeway set to close a month ahead of schedule

FreshCo. expected to open spring 2020

Safeway in Williams Lake is closing down a month earlier than first announced by its parent company, Sobeys.

The Williams Lake grocery store was originally slated for closure Nov. 23 to undergo renovations to become a FreshCo by the spring of 2020.

Read More: Williams Lake, 100 Mile House Safeways to become FreshCo locations

Employees were told that closure date was being bumped up to Oct. 26, and some shelves are already becoming bare.

The Starbucks inside Safeway is already permanently closed.

The pharmacy will remain open during the renovation at the same location, along with added service.

“Throughout our store renovations, we will offer free delivery to our pharmacy patients. There won’t be any interruption to any of our files and our pharmacy patients can expect the same great service from our same pharmacy team,” said Sobey’s communication specialist, Violet MacLeod.

“We want to thank the local community for their ongoing support and we look forward to sharing the FreshCo discount shopping experience with our customers soon.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated stating that the pharmacy will be staying open within its current location.

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