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Nesters Market at the Hub

UniverCity’s Gordon Harris (left) and Buy-Low Foods president Ric Laidlaw show off the Nesters "coming soon" sign at the Hub.

UniverCity picks Nesters as Hub grocer

May 15, 2008

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UniverCity is partnering with eco-friendly grocer Nesters Market to open a full-service grocery store in the new Hub residential complex west of the Cornerstone building, in the spring of 2009.

"We are thrilled to welcome Nesters Market to our growing community," says Gordon Harris, President and CEO SFU Community Trust.

"This is another major step forward in the evolution of UniverCity, as it means that our community residents will no longer need to drive off the hill to get groceries and prescription drugs. Together with our recently announced elementary school, the Nesters Market makes UniverCity a much more complete community."

The Hub operation will be the ninth B.C. location for Nesters, which is operated by Buy-Low Foods Ltd., a Pattison Group company that also operates Buy-Low Foods and Shop ‘n’ Save stores in Vancouver.

Since the first location opened in Whistler in 1987, Nesters has built a reputation for friendliness, value, quality and a good selection of organic and locally grown food.

"We are very excited for the opportunity to open a Nesters Market in a community with great concern for the environment," says Buy-Low Foods president Ric Laidlaw. "Our store will be in a geo-thermal building, in a sustainable community that will serve the entire UniverCity and university communities, and that is very exciting."

The more than 2,100-square-metre (23,000-square-foot) operation will include pharmacy and an in-house bakery and bistro/deli featuring hand-cut sandwiches, take-home lunches and dinners. Nesters stores typically have an impressive and full selection of groceries, meats and produce, including organics, plus a floral department.

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