Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Empire Launches 'Aggressive' $500M Cost-Cutting Plan to Turn Revive Sobeys

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Empire Launches 'Aggressive' $500M Cost-Cutting Plan to Turn Revive Sobeys

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Empire launches $500M cost-cutting plan

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STELLARTON, N.S. - Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) has launched a $500-million cost-cutting plan to turn around its Sobeys grocery business, which has been struggling to recover from missteps taken with the acquisition of Safeway Canada four years ago.

The company says it's aiming to hit its target by the end of its 2020 fiscal year, adding that the savings will come from a combination of measures including reductions to office staff.

CEO Michael Medline says he has an "aggressive goal" to overhaul Sobeys so that it becomes a leaner organization.

Medline, a former Canadian Tire executive, has made no secret of his desire to streamline Sobeys and change how it operates since he joined the company in January.

The supermarket operator also announced changes in its upper ranks that include the retirement of executive vice-president Francois Vimard, who served as interim CEO before Medline arrived, and Sobeys Quebec president Yves Laverdiere. …

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