Co-op grocery store on 8th Street closes after 46 years

May 14, 2014 - 4:37pm

8th Street in Saskatoon is losing another grocery store.

On June 14, the Co-op grocery in Greystone Heights will close after being in operation since 1968.

In a release, the Saskatoon Co-op Board said a third-party assessment of the building revealed a need for extensive renovations. Issues were found with the roof, site drainage, sprinkler system, plumbing, ventilation, electrical, and refrigeration systems.

General Manager Grant Wicks said rather than spending millions of dollars and shutting the store for months, it was best to close up shop altogether.

The recently-expanded gas bar on the site will not be affected by this decision.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents the store's 99 employees, said they are working to relocate the affected workers to other Co-op locations, such as the new stores in Warman and the Centre at Circle and 8th.

This decision follows the closure of the Safeway on Cumberland Avenue. There is no word yet on what will become of the lot once the store is removed.

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