Coutenay Save-On-Foods was closing

Every Friday, the Comox Valley Record features Comox Valley history taken from its back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

There was shock, disappointment and anger since Overwaitea announced it would close Save-On Foods at Driftwood Mall.

When it all boils down to the final days, though, there really is mostly just sadness left.

“It’s a sad day for everybody,” company spokesperson Julie Dickson said. “A sad day for the company and certainly a sad day for the team members.”

Save-On Foods operated more than 80 years in the Valley. The company said the Courtenay store was no longer viable.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A Cumberland woman wanted to sue the health ministry for lost work compensation after her third appointment was cancelled due to job action by health care workers.

Freja Morris said she was fed up with having to bear the brunt of job action by nurses and health sciences professionals. Morris, who had been having strokes since Christmas, needed an ABL, which is a test to monitor brainwaves. But every time she set up an appointment to get the test done in Nanaimo, it was cancelled due to job action.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Courtenay RCMP had living proof that Microtags work — a mountain bike was returned and someone was charged with possession of stolen property, thanks to use of the identification system.

The bike was stolen from a house in the 1400 block of Willemar Avenue. It was spotted by employees at Pedal Pushers who noticed the tag, which allowed police to identify the bike.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A man who went to the Courtenay liquor store to apologize to the manager was arrested for assault, court was told.

While allegedly trying to escape with a bottle of rum, the man punched the manager in the chest. The man returned to the store five months later in 1990. The defence lawyer said his client’s intention was to apologize. The manager accepted the apology but also called police. The judge handed the man a $300 fine.

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

An agreement between Field Sawmill in Courtenay and the IWA means the company could no longer contract out work.

The controversial contracting-out clause was at the centre of a dispute between the IWA and forest industry that has left many members on the south coast walking picket lines.

Workers for BC forest Products, MacMillan Bloedel and Raven Lumber were on strike in Campbell River.

Field employees voted 90 per cent in agreement with the company.

 

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