Well, that didn’t take long.
Only a week after closing May 1, the former Sobey’s location at Cavalier Drive and Hamilton Avenue will reopen under the Food Fare banner, local franchise owner Moe Zeid confirmed in an interview with Canstar Community News last week.
Zeid says he takes over the location on May 1 and will reopen on May 8.
Zeid, who owns four Food Fare locations in the city, said he was approached by Sobey’s to take over the 12,000 sq. ft. location shortly after the grocery giant stunned Crestview residents with its closure after 30 years in the community.
"I think it’s going to be successful," said Zeid.
"I know exactly what you can do in those stores," he said.
He’s planning to hire between 40 to 50 part-time and full-time staff, including two in-store butchers.
Zeid, a St. James resident in the grocery business since 1976, owns the Food Fare in the Silver Heights Shopping Centre, along with other locations in the West End, West Broadway and Corydon Village.
Zeid also confirmed he is still looking to purchase the former Food Fare at Arlington Street and Polson Avenue in the North End after it closed suddenly in mid-March.
Zeid is still working to negotiate the purchase of the North End building, and is in talks with the owner of the Crestview strip mall to take over the mall entirely.
"Every location I own, I own the building too," he said, noting he owns the Silver Heights Shopping Centre.