Even as it operates a network of more than 1,300 stores stretching all the way from St. John's in Newfoundland to Fort St. John in British Columbia, Sobeys is still recognized in Canada primarily as a family-run enterprise with roots in Nova Scotia, with all the benefits and/or limitations that image might suggest. “The fact that it's family-owned is good,” explained George Condon, a longtime observer of the Canadian grocery industry and consulting editor with Canadian Grocer magazine. ...

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