All Cooper's Foods stores converting to Save-On-Foods banner

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Cooper’s Foods banner will disappear from the British Columbia retail landscape this year as owner Overwaitea Food Group completes the conversion of the stores to its Save-On-Foods chain.

“We’re proud of the Cooper’s heritage. We’ll put a storyboard in each store to let people know it used to be a Cooper’s and the name’s history,” Tony Piwek, Overwaitea’s general manager for B.C., told the Kelowna Daily Courier.

“But, Cooper’s is owned by Overwaitea Food Group and Save-On-Foods is the group’s main banner, so it’s time to turn them into Save-Ons.”

Last year, four Cooper’s Foods and two PriceSmart stores were converted to Save-On-Foods. There are currently 12 Cooper’s Foods stores listed on the grocer’s website.

The Cooper family started in the grocery business in 1956 in Revelstoke, B.C. When the family moved to Kamloops a few years later, they added more locations and started putting the family name on the stores. Overwaitea bought the Cooper’s chain from Ron Cooper Sr. in 1999, and added more locations.

“Most customers know Cooper’s is part of the Overwaitea Food Group,” said Piwek. “And since Save-On is the group’s main banner, customers have been asking for Save-On programs in Cooper’s stores. By rebranding Cooper’s stores to Save-On, customers will seamlessly have access to all these programs.”


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