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Former Sobeys employee reflects on store closure

Brenda Greer is taking a few weeks off.

Sobeys no longer. The former grocery store is now no more than an empty building and parking lot, though the outline of its sign can be seen above the building's entrance.

Greer was one of approximately 65 employees to be laid off by Sobeys when they closed their store in the Friendly City. She worked there for 12 years, roughly since the store was opened.

When the store closed, she was the assistant manager in the bakery department.

"It was a really good job, and I really liked it," Greer told the Times-Herald on Friday. "We had a really good team who I enjoyed working with."

When the company broke the news to its employees that the store would be closing — the story broke to the public in June — Greer said she and other coworkers were "shocked."

"Everybody was shocked," she explained. "I'm older and more experienced, so I know I will carry on and get another job. But there were people there who recently bought a house, and it will be easier for me than it is for them. There were single people there, too, who are just trying to make a living."

But, she said, as shocked as employees were that the store was closing, it also wasn't "totally unexpected" that the doors were shuttered.

"Moose Jaw is not that big and when you're trying to compete with other (grocery stores) … we didn't have as many big family shoppers as the other stores had," said Greer. "We had regular clientele, like some seniors and the like, but they weren't the huge purchase people."

But the closure of the store was "still kind of unexpected," and for her former co-workers who may be struggling, Greer had some advice.

"Life goes on. Hang in there, and it will all get better," she said.

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Organizations: Sobeys, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Friendly, Moose Jaw

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