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Brampton, Ontario-based Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it plans to open 30 new stores and renovate 500 existing stores in a $1.3 billion (CDN) investment to “expand and improve Loblaw’s network, including properties owned and operated by Choice Properties REIT.”

The company says in a news release the efforts also include the continued roll out of Click & Collect e-commerce, more health and wellness services and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

“Our investment will create improved retail experiences for customers and local jobs for communities,” says Galen G. Weston, chairman and CEO, in a news release. “Our focus is clear: across our network, we will provide greater access to fresh, affordable, innovative food and more robust health and wellness services for Canadians.”

Loblaws has more than 2,400 locations in Canada, and is one of the country’s largest employers with approximately 200,000 employees.

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