Community co-op could run Safeways

Sale of major grocery stores a perfect opportunity to change direction

Re: Two Safeways to be sold in Victoria (

After reading this article I could not stop thinking how great it would be if these stores were purchased locally and turned into food co-operatives.

The Kootenay Co-op is a perfect example of a strong business entity that is providing a locally owned service that optimizes community benefit, rather than maximizing profit generation. I prefer this model because I have ownership over the industry I put my money into, and thus, have a vested interest in their success.

There are many social and environmental organizations in the region that could collaborate, pool their resources and try to get this going. I hope this opportunity doesn’t get passed up.

Geoff de Ruiter