Freson Bros. has brought an array of jobs and a fresh take on grocery shopping to Fort Saskatchewan.
The 40,000 square foot location opened in the Westpark area on Jun.8.
"I've been a part of four of five grand openings in our company and this was by far the best turn out or response," said store manager Kerry Waldo.
He credits the new employees for helping to make that happen.
"When you open a new store we need really good people. Most of them come from right here in Fort Saskatchewan. That's a credit to the people we were able to hire here."
Freson Bros. boasts just over 150 staff members. Employees range from part-time students and seniors to those looking to grow in a full-time career.
They support other area jobs by bringing in more local food. Freson Bros. uses 100 per cent Alberta beef, pork and chicken. Their bakery uses only Alberta flour.
Items from the immediate region include a candy company from Sherwood Park and perogies and potatoes from the Fort Saskatchewan area.
"We're always on the lookout for good Alberta-based products," added Kerry.
The Westpark location is first in Freson Bros.' provincial chain to serve Alberta craft beer, which you can buy and drink in store.
The grocery store boasts a couple other firsts. It's the first to open on that side of Fort Saskatchewan. It also is the first to be open for 24 hours.
"We're all about food. Food takes many shapes and forms. The food world is changing and we're trying to stay ahead in the game."
Construction on the facility started in the fall of 2017.