Press Releases 2019


Food Basics joins the community of Chelmsford

Chelmsford, October 3, 2019 - Food Basics opened its doors with a grand opening celebration at its newest location in Chelmsford on Thursday, October 3. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held that morning, with Councillor Gerry Montpellier, Paul Bravi, Senior Vice-President, Food Basics, and John Manax, Vice President of Operations, Food Basics. This new store represents a major investment by Food Basics, employing approximately 70 employees.

The new location will feature organic produce and Ontario Lottery & Gaming. In addition, the new modern retail space also offers customers a wide array of its high-quality, budget friendly Irresistibles and Selection products.

“We see great potential in Chelmsford. We look forward to serving the community and becoming residents’ go-to grocer” says John Manax, Vice President of Operations, Food Basics. To emphasize its commitment to playing an active role within Chelmsford, Food Basics presented a cheque for 1,000 to the Friendship House to improve food security for those living in the community.

"My team and I couldn’t be more excited to open our doors to Chelmsford. We look forward to connecting with the community and meeting our neighbours”, says Callie Brabant, Store Manager.

Since 1995, Food Basics has been helping customers save money on their grocery needs by providing Always More for Less. Food Basics operates on three guiding principles: Always Fresh, Always in Stock and Always at Great Prices. Food Basics is the discount banner of Metro Ontario Inc. and currently operates 136 stores across Ontario.

With annual sales of more than $16 billion, METRO INC. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario. As a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer, the company operates or services a network of some 950 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as some 650 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners, providing employment to almost 90,000 people. For more details, visit



Source: METRO
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