Another major grocery shopping option will open its doors to Whitehorse tomorrow.
The new Save-On-Foods store on Chilkoot Way will open Friday.
The event will happen close to a year and a half after ground was officially broken on the site in March 2016.
“It’s exciting,” Alan Kaarsemaker, the store’s manager, said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.
The store will open to shoppers on Friday, with the official grand opening set for Saturday.
The 42,000-square-foot store owned by the Jim Pattison Group, is set to offer various Save-On-Foods services.
Those include online shopping, an in-store Starbucks, the More Rewards points program, fresh prepared foods available at the deli, and so on.
A number of local products will also be available in the store, with officials working with Yukon suppliers to bring in their products.
Kaaresemaker has been working to get things ready at the local store for about the last three months.
He said a total of 210 employees – approximately 40 per cent of those full-time, with the remainder part-time – are employed at the store. They include 10 managers for various
“We’re proud to be a major employer here now,” Kaaresemaker said.
The staff are busy getting ready for the store opening, he noted.
Kaaresemaker said officials with the grocery chain had been looking to get into the Whitehorse market for some time. They have determined this is the right time.
At the ground-breaking ceremony in March 2016, it was noted the store would be built on a site that had originally been slated to house a new movie theatre complex a number of years ago.
Landmark Cinemas had announced the plans for the theatre – and had run advertisements promoting the future project for several years.
Landmark eventually agreed to end the lease it had on the land.
Save-On-Foods purchased the 1.4-hectare site along with the 0.55-ha site next to it.
The city’s original Ricky’s restaurant was demolished to make way for the sprawling new store. The restaurant is now located in the Days Inn on Second Avenue.
Kaarsemaker said the building and prepping to open the new store have not been without their challenges.
However, the plans have remained on schedule. Officials with the chain have been pleased the Whitehorse community has welcome Save-On “with open arms,” he said.
Kaarsemaker also noted Whitehorse will be added to the list of stores on Save-On’s website once the premises have officially opened.
A number of Save-On-Foods officials are set to be in the city for the opening events, including president Darrell Jones.