Thrifty Foods

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Thrifty Foods
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Founded Fairfield, Victoria, BC (1977)
Headquarters Central Saanich, British Columbia
Key people
Alex Campbell (Founder)

Michael Medline
(President & CEO of Empire Company)
Products Grocery
Owner Empire Company
Number of employees
approx. 5,000
Parent Sobeys (2007–present)

Thrifty Foods (Thrifty's for short) is a chain of supermarkets located in British Columbia, Canada.


Thrifty Foods was founded by Alex Campbell and Ernie Skinner in 1977 when the first store was opened in Victoria's Fairfield neighbourhood. As of June 2018, the chain operates 25 stores, with 2 more under construction on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.[ citation needed ] It is the largest supermarket chain on Vancouver Island. In 2007 it became a division of Sobeys which operated independently of the larger company initially, before being fully integrated.

Since 2004, it has operated an on-line grocery service on Vancouver Island. The online ordering system extends into the Metro Vancouver area. [1]

The company has an annual scholarship program that gives out $1500 to 20 students that are part of the company's web, either directly or indirectly.[ citation needed ]

Thrifty Foods is the largest private employer on Vancouver Island. In 1999, Thrifty Foods was voted among the Ten Best Companies to Work For in British Columbia. [2] In 2007, Thrifty Foods was recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. [3]

On April 14, 2014, Overwaitea Food Group took over three Thrifty Foods locations including Brooks Landing in Nanaimo, Abbotsford, and Sapperton at New Westminster via an acquisition to ensure that Sobeys does not become a monopoly in the region.[ citation needed ]

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