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Sobeys to cut 1,300 back office jobs as new distribution centres open

Sobeys expects to eliminate the jobs over the next year or two as it moves to open new distribution centres in Ontario and Alberta and continues to integrate Safeway Canada\'s operations.

STELLARTON, N.S. – The Sobeys grocery business expects to get rid of 1,300 jobs within the next year or two because it moves to open new distribution centres in Ontario and Alberta and is constantly on the integrate Safeway Canada\’s operations.

The head of Sobeys parent company told analysts in a quarterly business call Thursday that the jobs cuts will be implemented starting in late 2016 and will also be primarily back-office functions.
Empire Co. president and CEO Marc Poulin says a few of the jobs losses will be from closing of a support centre in Milton west of Toronto after a new automated distribution centre is opened in October 2016 in Vaughan to the north of Toronto.

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