SOBEYS GOES NATIONAL

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia -- Sobeys, a Canadian institution for almost 95 years, is just beginning to emerge from infancy as a national player."We look at Sobeys as a three-year-old company," Bill McEwan, president and chief executive officer, told SN. "Prior to 1998 we were a grocery chain operating only in Atlantic Canada, but once we acquired Oshawa Group, we became a national company."The transition

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia -- Sobeys, a Canadian institution for almost 95 years, is just beginning to emerge from infancy as a national player.

"We look at Sobeys as a three-year-old company," Bill McEwan, president and chief executive officer, told SN. "Prior to 1998 we were a grocery chain operating only in Atlantic Canada, but once we acquired Oshawa Group, we became a national company."

The transition required some corporate adjustments, McEwan said, "but as we've integrated

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