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Empire Company Limited is the parent company of Sobeys Inc. Together, they form a Canadian company headquartered in Nova Scotia and serve Canadians across the country.

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About Us

Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing, through wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., and related real estate.

With approximately $30.5 billion in annual sales and $16.3 billion in assets, Empire Company Limited and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 130,000 people.

Brand Purpose

“We are a family nurturing families.”
-Sobeys

Sobeys Inc., has more than 111 years of experience serving customers in the food-retail business. Sobeys Inc. is one of only two national Canadian grocers operating across all 10 provinces with approximately 1,500 stores.

Sobeys Inc. oversees familiar banner names of Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawtons Drugs, as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. It also operates with five core retail food formats and related businesses to ensure it is able to satisfy the unique shopping needs of its customers.

Full Service

Fresh Service

Community Service

Discount Service

Convenience Service

Across its banners and businesses from coast-to-coast, Sobeys Inc. fosters a family culture of care, trust, respect, and growth for its people, customers and their communities. Together, our store teammates, franchisees, and diverse retail networks are dedicated to serving customer needs by providing exceptional shopping and food experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Empire Company Limited became incorporated on February 12th, 1963.

Empire Company Limited was first publicly traded in July 1982.

Empire's fiscal year-end is the first Saturday in May. For fiscal 2022 it was May 7, 2022. For fiscal 2023 it is May 6, 2023.

Empire’s head office is located at:

115 King Street Stellarton,
Nova Scotia,
B0K 1S0

Phone: (902) 752-8371

Fax: (902) 755-6477

The 2022 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for September 15th, 2022.

Financial reports for both Sobeys Inc. and Empire Company Limited can be obtained through our website under the Shareholders, Investors, & Analysts section. Alternatively, financial information can be requested by contacting the company under the Contact Us section or by writing to:

Investor Relations,
Empire Company Limited,
115 King Street Stellarton,
Nova Scotia,
B0K 1S0

Empire Company Limited does not have a credit rating with any rating agency. However, the wholly-owned subsidiary, Sobeys Inc. has a rating of BBB- (stable outlook) from S&P and a rating of BBB (stable trend) from DBRS.

Empire Company Limited and its subsidiaries, franchisees, and affiliates employ approximately 130,000 people.

Fiscal 2022 & F2023 earnings release dates are as follows:

Quarter 4 (Year End): June 22, 2022
Quarter 1 (F23): September 15, 2022
Quarter 2 (F23): December 15, 2022
Quarter 3 (F23): March 16, 2023

The CUSIP number for Empire's Non-Voting Class A shares is 291843407.

Empire’s transfer agent is TSX Trust Company and can be contacted at:

TSX Trust Company
Investor Correspondence
P.O. Box 700, Station B
Montreal, Québec
H3B 3K3

Telephone: 1-800-387-0825

Email: inquiries@astfinancial.com

Website: www.astfinancial.com/ca

In the case of a lost or missing stock certificate, please contact Empire’s transfer agent, TSX Trust Company and can be contacted at:

TSX Trust Company
Investor Correspondence
P.O. Box 700, Station B
Montreal, Québec
H3B 3K3

Telephone: 1-800-387-0825

Email: inquiries@astfinancial.com

Website: www.astfinancial.com/ca

To change your address and other account information, please contact the transfer agent, TSX Trust Company at:

TSX Trust Company
Investor Correspondence
P.O. Box 700, Station B
Montreal, Québec
H3B 3K3

Telephone: 1-800-387-0825

Email: inquiries@astfinancial.com

Website: www.astfinancial.com/ca

Empire’s ticker symbol that trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange is 'EMP.A'. This is only for Non-Voting Class A shares.

As of August 6, 2022:

Non-Voting Class A shares: 164,524,653

Class B common shares, voting: 98,138,079

For information concerning Empire Company Limited Investor Relations, go to the Contact Us section of the website or contact the company directly at:

Investor Relations,
Empire Company Limited,
115 King Street,
Stellarton,
Nova Scotia,
B0K 1S0

Telephone: (902) 752-8371

Empire's Non-Voting Class A shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Empire's dividend record and payment dates for fiscal 2023 are:

Record DatePayment Date
July 15, 2022July 29, 2022
October 14, 2022October 31, 2022
January 13, 2023*January 31, 2023*
April 14, 2023* April 28, 2023*

*Subject to approval by the Board of Directors

Working for Sobeys Inc., you’ll have access to flexible hours over all 1,500 store locations in Canada. There is a range of employment opportunities from in-store to distribution centres to corporate offices. Additionally, Sobeys Inc. provides its employees with programs to help them excel in their careers with educational assistance, paid vacations, health insurance, and a pension plan.

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Sobeys Inc. is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited. Both companies have a wealth of business empowerments that continue in both branches of operation: food-retailing and real estate. Follow the links below to find out more.

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