Kamloops’ newest grocery store opened in Aberdeen Mall on Sunday morning (Nov. 22).
Fresh St. Market is the latest addition to the food market in the city and becomes the third store to fill space left vacant when Sears closed in 2017. Fresh St. Market, at 40,000 square feet, joins Old Navy and Marshalls in the repurposed space on the south side of the mall.
Fresh St. Market now has six stores in B.C., including four in the Lower Mainland and one in Whistler.
Mark McCurdy, vice-president of retail operations, said Fresh St. is meant to be more than a grocery store and focuses on fresh products and a shopping experience not found elsewhere, in a market environment.
He said the opening the store this month, amid a second wave of COVID-19 that has led to new health orders provincewide, was a goal the company maintained would be achieved.
“As a grocery store, as an essential service, we recognized we’d be open,” he said, noting the company has been following a full list of COVID-19 protocols even before the latest health orders were impelmented.
Store leader Glenn Hyokki said there are 130 full- and part-time staff at the store, with McCurdy noting the staff at the Kamloops store represented “probably the best hire” ever undertaken by Fresh St.
The Kamloops store, located on the lower level of the mall and with outside access, has a contemporary layout, with myriad departments including deli, bakery, meat, seafood, flowers, bulk foods, produce, cheese, ready-to-eat meals and a sushi and poke bar.
As with its five other stores, Fresh St. carries a good amount of organic and local and regional products.
Fresh St. Market is owned by H.Y. Louie Co. a 117-year-old firm that also owns London Drugs and IGA and Marketplace IGA stores in B.C. Georgia Main, H.Y. Louie’s food division, operates the Fresh St. Market stores.
The Kamloops Fresh St. Market location is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.