Elise Stolte: Fighting the grocery barons that hold neighbourhoods hostage

Elise Stolte: Fighting the grocery barons that hold neighbourhoods hostage

 

It’s hard to believe one company could hold such power over land it doesn’t even own.

I’m talking about Sobeys today, and its strangle-hold over businesses in Griesbach but there are examples of land sterilized by over-reaching grocery chains across the city.

In Griesbach, Canada Lands is the developer. It signed a deal with Sobeys in 2013. It sold them the prime corner lot for a new urban-scale grocery store, then gave them a legal caveat covering the rest of the five-hectare commercial core that promised to allow no other grocery, butcher, flower shop or bakery.

It doesn’t own that land but it still gets the caveat.

Read original article text at edmontonjournal.com


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