New Food Basics Grocery Store Confirmed for Porcupine Mall 
Communities in the east end will be able to cut down on the commute and the cost of grocery essentials later this year. Construction on a new Food Basics is scheduled to begin this August at the Porcupine Mall. The budget-friendly brand plans on being opened by late fall just in time for the busy holiday season.

The announcement comes just over a year after a delegation of east end residents presented a petition to mayor and council asking for assistance in securing a grocery store for the Porcupine Mall.

“This is great news for the community,” says Mayor George Pirie. “We know that having access to a full-service grocery store is a necessity for residents in our east end and I couldn’t be happier with this outcome. The new location and $3 million-dollar investment verifies Food Basics’ belief in the long-term future of that area. This helps reinforce that our economy is strong and will continue to recover and grow. I want to thank Metro Ontario Inc. for listening to the needs of the community.”

Food Basics has further announced that they will be donating $2,500 to the South Porcupine Food Bank and will continue to work directly with the non-profit to assist following a recent fire that forced the closure of the food bank.

“We are excited that we can share this news with the community of South Porcupine,” says Paul Bravi, senior vice president, Food Basics. “We heard the feedback from the people of South Porcupine – and while plans were delayed due to the pandemic – we are thrilled to let you know Food Basics is opening in Porcupine Mall in late 2021.”

Since 1995, Food Basics has been helping customers save money on their grocery needs by providing Always More for Less. Food Basics is the discount banner of Metro Ontario Inc. and currently operates more than 139 stores across Ontario. To learn more about Food Basics, visit

About METRO Inc.

With annual sales of $18 billion, METRO Inc. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario. As a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer, the company operates or services a network of some 950 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as some 650 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners, providing employment to almost 90,000 people. For more details, visit
Posted by Amanda Dyer On 6/30/2021 at 9:22 AM  

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