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Nesters Market manager Eric Olson, (L) and Lee Gavel, SFU’s chief facilities officer and university architect, check out the produce display during Nesters’ grand opening at the Burnaby campus.

Nesters comes to roost at UniverCity

January 21, 2010

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It was elbow room only at the grand opening of the long-awaited Nesters Market Jan. 14 in UniverCity’s new Hub complex bordering the Burnaby campus.

The 23,000-square-foot, full-service grocery store "is something that the community has been needing," says store manager Eric Olson, who was overwhelmed by the opening-day turnout.

Nesters is known for its specialty products, including organic and gluten-free items, as well as fresh seafood and meats, and deli and bakery items prepared in-store daily using proprietary recipes.

A pharmacy will open Feb. 22 followed by a post office on March 1. More than 20 SFU students are working part-time at the store.

Operated by Buy-Low Foods Ltd., Nesters began as an independent store in Whistler in 1987. In 2002, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers chose it as the top small grocery store in Canada.

Olson categorizes it as more upscale than the Buy-Low stores but not as high-end as Whole Foods.

The UniverCity location is Nesters’ tenth in the greater Vancouver area; on Dec. 8 it opened a smaller, 15,000 square-foot location in the Woodward’s redevelopment downtown.

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