New Thrifty Foods store in Courtenay opening with surprise

The new Thrifty Foods store in Courtenay will open Wednesday morning with a "big reveal and special deals."

MANAGER JEFF ACKINCLOSE of the new Thrifty Foods store in Courtenay is excited to support the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation with the store’s Pumpkins for Charity fundraiser. The store’s grand opening is Wednesday

The new Thrifty Foods store in Courtenay will open Wednesday morning with a “big reveal and special deals,” according to the company’s manager of communications Erin Kelly.

The opening ceremonies for the new 40,000-square-foot store at the corner of Lerwick and Ryan roads in Courtenay are set to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and Kelly noted a special surprise is planned for the big day.

“We will have a special reveal on Wednesday to do with the hospital (St. Joseph’s General Hospital), and some interesting props, which people have to come down and witness for themselves,” Kelly said Monday. “Some tie in between pumpkins and hospitals — I’ll leave it to your imagination.”

Kelly pointed out Thrifty Foods normally holds a Pumpkins for Charity fundraiser around this time of year where the company donates $1 from every pumpkin sold to local hospital foundations. She added there will be a special fundraiser at the store for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation through to Halloween.

Thrifty Foods’ general manager Jim Dores will be joined by Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula and St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation executive director Lynn Dashkewytch to officially open the new Thrifty Foods grocery store on the Crown Isle property.

First Nations members will also join the ceremony, as well as a pipe band.

The official opening ceremony will be at 9:25 a.m., and the store will be open by 9:30 a.m.

Kelly notes deals and food demonstrations with free samples will be plentiful on opening day, including the big cheese of food samples.

“We will be cracking the huge Parmigiano Reggiano wheel in the store,” said Kelly, adding the enormous wheel of cheese has been aged for 30 months in a special region of Italy, and is worth about $300. “It is a sight to be seen and a fresh sample is out of this world.”

The store is the second location in Courtenay, and will be the 29th Thrifty Foods location in the province.

The downtown Courtenay Thrifty Foods, at Sixth Street and England Avenue, will remain open.

Cascadia Liquor, which is the new Thrifty Foods store’s neighbour at Lerwick and Ryan, will also open its doors on Wednesday. From 5 to 7 p.m. the store will offer samples of wine, beer and cider, as well as snacks provided by Thrifty Foods.

Just Posted

Dinner, dance in honour of Kenny Shaw

Comox Legion honours one of the Valley’s prominent volunteers

Comox Valley Hospice Society Ultimate Fifty/50 Raffle winner announced

James Maxwell bought his ticket at Canadian Tire

Learn about the future sewer service in Courtenay and Comox

The public is invited to learn more about the Comox Valley sewer… Continue reading

VIDEO: Whale and sea lions at play near Mitlenatch Island

It was a spectacular sight Sunday evening near Mitlenatch Island for Thomas… Continue reading

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

Opioid crisis may be shortening British Columbians’ life expectancy: report

Canada among healthiest wealthy countries, but 8,000 overdose deaths since 2016 are causing concern

Referendum info session in Courtenay

British Columbians will be voting this fall, from Oct. 22 through to… Continue reading

B.C. cold case helps ‘60 Minutes’ explain genetic genealogy

An arrest in the 1987 double-murder of two people from Victoria was one of three examples highlighted in a segment you can watch here

Delivery of cannabis could be impacted by postal strike

BC Liquor Distribution Branch look at alternative third-party delivery services

Local businesses that go above and beyond honoured at annual gala

Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island Torch Awards go Nov. 2 at the Union Club

Around the BCHL: Chilliwack Chiefs snag spot in CJHL national rankings

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Rural regions get priority for B.C. referendum mail-out

Ballot security measures aim to protect against voter fraud

Most Read