GREELY – Residents in Greely are celebrating the opening of a new 32,000-square-foot Foodland grocery store in the heart of the community.
The store, located at the intersection of Parkway and Bank Street officially opened its doors Thurs., April 4.
The opening was more of a block party as hundreds of Greely residents who knew one another stopped by to greet store owners Scott and Lyndsay Mackinnon, congratulating them on their new store.
The couple have a long history with grocery stores.
Scott’s father ran nearby Larry’s Groceries from 1984 to the early 2000s. He met and married his wife Kit, shortly after he took over the store. In 2008, he built Foodland. The couple retired in 2014 and their son, Scott, and his wife Lindsay took over.
The couple met while both working at the grocery store and together have guided the growth of the original Foodland store to its reincarnation and grand opening.
“It was a bittersweet moment,” said Lindsay, “when we locked up the store together for the last time at 6 pm last night.”
Added Scott: “I was working at Larry’s, the original store when I was eight.”
It was at the small village store that he met his future wife, Lindsay, who also worked at the store.
Lindsay remembers that it was love at first sight.
Their two children, Charlotte and Paige, were also at the grand opening and helped the couple cut the official ribbon.
Scott wants the store to stay true to its community origins as a great place for neighbours to meet, and also as a local business that wants to help its community when it can. To that end, the Mackinnons presented Denise Herbert of Osgoode Food Cupboard with a $500 donation.
Like the Greely community itself, the store represents tremendous growth in one of the fastest growing communities in Ottawa.
“This is great for the Greely community,” said Dan Pettigrew, a friend of the Mackinnons and operator of Winchester Foodland. He stopped by to help get the new store ready for the grand opening.
A new employee at the store and a Greely resident, Nickie Froeth, had taken her son to the recent job fair for the store. They were both hired.
“It is great to be able to work here so close to home,’ she said.
She noted that this will be her son’s very first job and it is great that it is in Greely.
The grocery store is the anchor tenant for a surge in commercial development in Greely thanks to Sunset Lakes Developments and their project called the Greely Village Centre. A spokesperson for the development company said now that the anchor store is open they can proceed with the rest of the development.