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Royal City Safeway converts to Save-On this week

The end is here for the Royal City Centre Safeway, but it will be reborn this weekend as Save-On Foods.

The Overwaitea Food Group announced the store will be closed for three days starting Wednesday (March 19) so it can be converted from a Safeway to Save-On. It will reopen Saturday.

Overwaitea recently bought the store as part of a 15-location acquisition from Sobeys Group. The Competition Bureau ordered Sobeys to sell 23 stores when it purchased Safeway Canada last year. The order included Thrifty Foods in Sapperton. However Sobeys put the Royal City Centre Safeway in the package of stores it sold to Overwaitea.

The store's staff and management will remain, according to an Overwaitea press release.

The store's pharmacy will continue to operate during the renovations.

Overwaitea spokeswoman Julie Dickson said the conversion in Sapperton will take place in the next few weeks. She also said no change is planned for the current Save-On store in the Westminster Centre which is only two blocks from the new one in Royal City Centre.

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