Kitimat’s SuperValu dodges closure, lease extended

Landlord says a long term lease should be signed soon.

A sign outside Kitimat’s SuperValu grocery store reveals that they won’t be closing their doors after all.

The building’s landlord Dick Leung says that an extension has been agreed to which will allow Loblaws’ board of directors time to approve a longer term lease plus extra money towards store improvements.

This comes after staff at the grocery store had been informed by the company that due to an inability to agree on terms for a new lease the store would be closing.

Leung at the time had not been directly told by the company that they would not be renewing their lease.

Loblaws in a statement to the Sentinel last week had said they wanted to continue operating the Kitimat store but confirmed they had yet to agree on a new lease at that time.

The store employs approximately 38 people, including managers.

The potential store closure had upset many residents, leading to a community petition to keep the location open.