Grocery competition could be hurt in Victoria

Re: Safeway in Saanich, Oak Bay to be sold (News, Oct. 25)

Re: Safeway in Saanich, Oak Bay to be sold (News, Oct. 25)

I wrote to the Competition Bureau of Canada on June 17 strongly opposing the purchase of Safeway stores by Sobeys, owner of Thrifty Foods.

Frankly, I could not see why Sobeys would want to buy Safeway grocery outlets in Western Canada, except to reduce competition, raise prices and gain a monopoly in the foreseeable future.

I am convinced this sale of Safeway stores is the beginning and will impact families in Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula.

I am disappointed with the decision of the Competition Bureau to allow the sale and I will write to them again. I am somewhat relieved that they ordered the sale of three Safeway stores rather than see the locals face potential closures.

I just hope these stores are purchased by strong grocery retailers such as Save-On or Loblaws or by local grocers who would give strong competition to Sobeys. We need fair and healthy competition. I am afraid, only time will tell.

Haji Charania

Saanich