Construction starts on Warman grocery store

Construction workers install pilings for the foundation of a Buy-Low Foods grocery store in the Warman StoneGate Shopping Plaza on Thursday, March 21

A 26,000-square foot Buy-Low Foods grocery store is now under construction in Warman’s StoneGate Plaza.

Pilings for the foundation of the building are currently being put in place at a site just south of Zak’s Home Hardware on Pebble Beach Boulevard.

Buy-Low Foods is a privately-held company that was originally founded in 1966 in Vancouver and was purchased by the Jim Pattison Group in 1995. The Jim Pattison Group also owns the Save-On Foods grocery chain.

In addition to wholesale distribution to independent supermarket and convenience stores, Buy-Low Foods has 22 community grocery stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan stores are located in Kindersley and Tisdale.

Buy-Low Foods Retail Vice-President Sam Corea said in an interview on March 21 that company officials are excited to be part of the community.”

“We’re well underway with construction, and our goal is to be open by the end of the year,” said Corea. “The pace of construction is weather-dependent to a certain extent.”

Corea said the company chose the Warman site after consultations with its real estate representatives.

“We like Warman,” he said. “It’s a vibrant, growing community just outside Saskatoon, and it has a nice, friendly, small-town feel. We operate a lot of stores in smaller communities, and it fits in well with our operations.”

Corea said the new store will offer consumers a choice.

“We respect the competition that is in Warman,” he said. “They run a very good operation. We’re simply trying to support a growing community. Shoppers are looking for quality and service.”

Corea said the new store will employ up to 50 people in full and part-time jobs.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to hire local people,” he said.

He added the company is also committed to “giving back” to the community.