Food Retailing


Empire’s food retailing business is carried out through wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., which serves the food shopping needs of millions of Canadians with more than 1,500 retail stores (corporate, franchise, affiliate) as well as over 350 retail fuel locations, operating in every province and in more than 900 communities across Canada. 

Sobeys remains focused on improving the product offering, services and merchandising within each of its five core formats. This improvement happens through continuous investment in our store and distribution networks, innovation in marketing and merchandising programs, optimization of business processes, and the training and engagement of our people.

Our Geographic Reach

Sobeys goes to market with differentiated banners and five retail formats to serve the needs of our customers across the country. Full Service stores meet total shopping requirements with a broad product assortment and a complete range of specialty departments with the support of superior customer service. Our Fresh stores meet ‘fresh fill-in and today’s meal’ needs with service and customized offerings. Community stores meet the ‘routine and fill-in’ food shopping occasions of customers in rural and one-store communities. Discount stores deliver low prices every day in markets where price is the driving factor for store selection and Convenience stores serve our customers who are ‘on-the-go’.