NANAIMO — It's hoped a grocery store in the Harewood neighbourhood will be more than a place to pick up what's for dinner.
The new Quality Foods, which opened Thursday in the complex near the Harewood Co-op on Bruce Ave., was designed to be more like a community hub for the neighbourhood.
“It's a grocery store but so much more,” Nanaimo mayor Bill McKay told NanaimoNewsNOW after he took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the store.
He said the Quality Foods is anticipated to become an anchor for the south Harewood neighbourhood.
“The fact is, it might slightly shift the centre of the community, which is great. Development around this store is taking place. It's long overdue.”
It's roughly three times the size of the existing Quality Foods just down the road in the University Village Mall, which is now closed.
Harewood resident Charlene Copley, who's lived in the neighbourhood for roughly a year, said she's excited to see such a substantial grocery store open in her area.
“I think it's great down here, there's nothing wrong with Harewood,” she said while getting one of the first plates of breakfast served from the new store.
Over the last week, Quality Foods staff moved everything out of the current University Village Mall store into the new location.
All staff from the existing store were transferred to the Bruce Ave. location and 40 new employees were hired to fill the new positions.
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