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Fairway store sold to Cloverleaf

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The Fairway Store in Emo is closed for the time being to undergo renovations before it reopens under the Shop Easy franchise banner.

Fairway, which was owned by Emo Reeve Brian Reid, officially was sold to the Loney family, owners of Cloverleaf Shop Easy Foods on Front Street, with the signing of the cheque Monday.

Fairway was closed last weekend as the two groups reached a deal.

“We’re doing some renovations and then we’re hoping to open within a couple of weeks,” said co-owner Mark Loney, who was working at the Fairway building Monday afternoon.

Reid and Kent Ogden will continue to run the meat division of the new Shop Easy outlet.

“Brian and Kent are going to run the meat shop. The meat will all be cut here and we’re going to be at the farmers’ market,” said Loney.

The new store will carry the same products as the main one on Front Street at the same prices for now. But later, the Loneys plan to merge both stores into one on their recently-acquired property.

“We’re hoping within the year to build a new store here,” said Loney.

“We’re going to be aggressively going out for business so you can look for discounts . . . we’ll have hot sales,” he added.

The first such discounts will be at the grand opening of the new outlet on King’s Highway when the renovations are finished.

“We’re going to have a big grand opening,” Loney said. “You’re going to see pallets and stuff outside.”

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