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Loblaws CEO reassures shoppers “we have enough food”


Loblaws CEO Galen G. Weston issued a statement Monday following the announcement of the Canadian borders closing amid the spread of COVID-19.

Weston reassured shoppers, who may have been worried when they saw “extraordinary numbers of people in stores, long lines, and aisles of empty product” that “First and foremost. Do not worry. We are not running out of food or essential supplies. Our supply chain and store teams are responding to the spikes in volume and quickly getting the most important items back on the shelf. Volumes are already normalizing somewhat, and we are catching up. There are a few items, like hand sanitizer, that may take longer to get back, but otherwise we are in good shape.”

“Another concern you may have is that your supermarket or drugstore could raise prices on the items you and your family need most. Do not worry. This will not happen at our stores. We will not raise a single price on any item to take advantage of COVID-19.

Some of you may also be worried that your local Shoppers Drug Mart or supermarket could close as part of shutting down certain stores and services. Do not worry. We have been in contact with both Provincial and Federal governments. We all agree that food and drug stores are essential services and we must do what we need to in order to keep them operating and serving every community in the days and weeks ahead.

It won’t be business as usual. But, you will be able to count on us. Our teams from across the country, at stores in every community, have been hard at work around the clock to live up to that commitment.”

The full statement can be read here.


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2 Comments » for Loblaws CEO reassures shoppers “we have enough food”
  1. Jessie says:

    Mr Galen lives in another dimension than the regular taxpayer. I live in a 100+k city in Ontario (not GTA) and the Loblaw store I just went to had shortage of milk, meat, canned foods, frozen food. I don’t mention the toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wipes that are literally nonexistent for weeks. Above every aisle is the same message: short supply.Usually you can see big trucks behind the store. Haven’t seen any. And, by the way, I did not see any anouncement on tv or press about wealthiest canadians (mr.Galen is making the podium) donating money?

  2. Kelly says:

    Mr Weston Canadian workers and buyers made your wealth time to give back and not a write off to charity! Your workers in every business deserve a minimum $5.00 dollars an hour raise for hazard pay I know it’s not much but it will help the workers and their families!
    After all you took $12 million dollars of taxpayers money last year for your stores and on top of that had a profit of $800 million give er take well
    ITS TIME TO GIVE BACK NOW ALL EMPLOYEES NEED A MINIMUM $5.00 dollar an hour raise for working as front line workers no excuses just do it one swipe of the pen it came be done in one hour call payroll!!!

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