Welcome to Bobcaygeon: Introducing New Foodland Owners
Word on the street is, the new owners of Foodland are great folks. They’ll fit right in. What else would you expect from a person who says, “Produce is my passion”?
Brian Peoples smiles; he doesn’t conceal his enthusiasm for this exciting new phase of life with his wife and store co-owner, Mary. First, there was their decision to relocate to Bobcaygeon from their home in Glencoe, Ontario. The second is their new house, now under construction. And, of course, there’s the reason for the big excitement and talk around town: Foodland Bobcaygeon.
He says, “My wife and I had a dream, never expecting it to happen. Then Sobey’s offered us an opportunity we could not say no to. We had asked for a cottage country location, never thinking this particular location would come up.”
Bobcaygeon, he says, is the crown jewel of the Kawarthas. “Sobey’s sees a big future for this community in long-term growth, just as we do. It’s important for us to support and be involved with our new community.” He adds that while it does take time, it’s important to him that he learns the names of his customers.
“We’re here to take care of the people in our community with a personal touch,” he says. “We are small-town people with a sense of old-fashioned service.”
And what about summer when tourist season peaks? “We’ll be here,” he says. If he can’t get to know everyone, he can at least say hello. “I’m known for being the first one in and the last to leave.”
The store is currently undergoing renovation. It’s a little disorganized right now but spirits are good and improvements are already evident.
“My philosophy about this business is, to be successful, it requires a clean store, competitive prices, and get to know your customers. It isn’t the size of the store.”
Among the changes will be the addition of state of the art equipment, including a walk-around deli island to showcase what Foodland offers. “This store will compete with any big urban centre store — on a smaller scale, of course.”
Foodland’s Grand Re-Opening is targeted for some time between mid-December and early January. That gives Brian and Mary Peoples a chance to settle in — and learn a great many names.