Richmond community welcomes new PriceSmart Foods

(Richmond, BC, November 19, 2011): The new PriceSmart Foods at No. 3 Road and Ackroyd opens the first grocery store of its kind in Canada today.

With an impressive selection of international foods from countries like China, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and South Asia, the 62,000 square foot store offers customers a full complement of western products and has introduced a complete Asian selection with thousands of new products throughout the store, plus a full-service pharmacy. This means that customers can now get everything they’re looking for in one place, all at smart low prices everyday. As part of the BC-based Overwaitea Food Group (OFG), this PriceSmart Foods location is the latest example of the company’s innovative approach to meeting the needs of each community it serves.

”It’s a winning combination,” says OFG President Steve van der Leest. “For the first time in Canada, this is where East truly meets West. We’re proud to be a BC company that’s rooted in the communities we serve, and as the ethnic diversity of our communities continues to change, we’re proud that we’re able to innovate to meet the needs of our customers.

With over 7,000 Asian grocery products, a fresh selection of hundreds of exotic fruits and vegetables, over 150 varieties of fresh breads and desserts in the bakery and a restaurant-style deli that offers authentic Asian meals like fresh sushi, dim sum and bbq to go, there’s something here for everyone. “Never before has a local retailer put more thought or planning into what it means to truly meet the needs of our local community,” explains Kam Choi, Director of Ethnic Development at OFG. “With an emphasis on selection in every department, including fresh, quality produce, meat, bakery, seafood and a robust Asian deli offering, this store is a great example of an innovative approach that truly offers a smart way to shop for both Asian and Western goods.

PriceSmart Foods is part of the Overwaitea Foods Group (OFG) which is a leading retail grocery chain in British Columbia and Alberta. OFG currently operates 124 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners and employs nearly 14,000 team members.