Foodland staff and Grey Highlands Municipal Councillors pose for the official opening ceremonies. Owner Bill Graham holds a plaque presented by Council. Photo: Municipality of Grey Highlands
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — There's a brand new Foodland in town! Over a year of construction and preparation has culminated in the new, modern and expansive Foodland facilities now open on Toronto Street in Markdale, just north of the former store location.
Levelling the land for the new building began in January, 2019. Photo: Municipality of Grey Highlands
The old Markdale Foodland on Toronto St. S. in Markdale. Photo: Google
While the old store was shutting down, prior to closing its doors, patrons were treated to specials on a variety of items as the previous store cleared out its inventory. During its final week and on the final day of operation, shelves were pretty bare as customers eagerly awaited the Grand Opening of the new location at 9 am this Thursday, February 27.
Customers filled the expansive new building and seemed impressed with their new community grocery store. Photo: Municipality of Grey Highlands
While the old Foodland building was 13,500 sq ft, the new store is a whopping 31,500 sq ft structure, making it almost triple the size of the old location. The new Foodland will be open 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. It boasts a full sushi bar, full size hot deli with sit down area and expansion in all departments, including a large selection of health and wellness items.
Many dignitaries were on hand to officially recognize Foodland's accomplishment and cement its place within the growing community. Store owner, Bill Graham, greeted Mayor Paul McQueen, Deputy Mayor Aakash Desai and Grey Highlands Councillors. "I would like to thank my staff, customers and the entire community of Markdale and Grey Highlands for all their support on making our dream come true," said Graham.
Many new employees have recently been hired to staff the new facility and keep it open around the clock, joining the already-familiar faces of the Markdale Foodland team.
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