Ribbon cutting duty for Buy-Low Foods University Village store opening was carried out by Sam Corea, Buy-Low Foods vice-president of retail, left, Dan Bregg, president, Randy Johnson, store manager, Trevor Digeso, banner operations coordinator and Sabina Schultz, University Village Shopping Centre manager. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Buy-Low Foods opens first Nanaimo store

Shoppers pack aisles as company hosts opening ceremony for new store in Harewood

After a few words from management and a quick ribbon cutting, customers streamed into Nanaimo’s new Buy-Low Foods store on Wednesday.

The store, located in University Village Shopping Centre in Harewood, opened at noon when store management, Buy-Low Foods executives and University Village property representatives cut the ribbon to let dozens of customers, shopping carts at the ready, swarm through the doors to cash in on opening-day bargains and fill out raffle tickets for chances to win Buy-Low gift cards, a Samsung tablet or a children’s shopping spree.

The store is the first Buy-Low Foods location in Nanaimo and is the shopping centre’s new anchor grocery retailer, filling a void left by Quality Foods, which moved to its new location in September.

Buy-Low Foods will hold an official grand-opening celebration Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon-3 p.m., with prizes and giveaways, free coffee and cake and more.

For more, pick up Thursday’s print issue of the News Bulletin.


Staff and management manned the checkouts as the first wave of customers queued up to pay for purchases Wednesday. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Holly Costello, the first customer through the door, grabbed Randy Johnson, store manager, for a photo. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

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