Ian Holmes

Jim Pattison answers questions from Quality Foods employees about his plans for the company.
Jim Pattison answers questions from Quality Foods employees about his plans for the company. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Quality Foods sold to Jim Pattison

By Ian Holmes
March 24, 2017 - 9:18pm Updated: March 25, 2017 - 7:39am

QUALICUM BEACH — Longstanding Vancouver Island grocery store chain Quality Foods (QF) has been sold to billionaire Jim Pattison.

Quality Foods founders John Briuolo and Ken Schley made the announcement Friday, in a transaction involving 13 stores and a little more than 1,000 employees.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan speaks to reporters about a range of issues, including his profile, during a recent visit to Parksville
BC NDP Leader John Horgan speaks to reporters about a range of issues, including his profile, during a recent visit to Parksville Candace Wu

'There's a real problem,' political pundit says lack of name recognition hurts NDP's Horgan

By Ian Holmes
March 19, 2017 - 7:48pm Updated: March 20, 2017 - 10:57am

NANAIMO — BC New Democratic Party leader John Horgan's lack of profile hurts the party's chances of forming government, according to political commentator Allan Warnke.

L-R John Grisdale, Dave LeNeveu, Ken Wagner address the uncertain future of the Nanaimo Clippers
L-R John Grisdale, Dave LeNeveu, Ken Wagner address the uncertain future of the Nanaimo Clippers Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

'No turning back,' Clippers to move or shut down without local ownership

By Ian Holmes
March 16, 2017 - 5:55pm

NANAIMO — Without local ownership, the Nanaimo Clippers won't be operating in the harbour city next season.

Ken Wagner, the team's majority owner, made the announcement at a news conference Thursday. Wagner said he's looking at relocating the team to another Vancouver Island city.

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