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Safeway moving tobacco products to gas bar

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Adding a pharmacy to the Canada Safeway store here will mean the end of tobacco sales there by the end of next month.

Instead, those sales instead be made through Safeway’s new gas bar, which is currently under construction on the corner of Armit Avenue and Church Street.

“Provincial legislation does not allow tobacco to be sold in pharmacies and we were deemed to be a part of that [law],” said Toby Oswald, vice-president of public affairs at Canada Safeway’s head office in Calgary.

Local manager Mike Scott said construction of the pharmacy got underway yesterday near the meat department along the store’s west wall.

Although the work will mean things will be noisy for a while, Scott did not anticipate any major inconveniences for customers.

Oswald said about 85 percent of Canada Safeway stores have pharmacies, with the move to include one here part of that growing trend.

“It’s becoming part of who we are--a one-stop shopping experience for our customers,” she remarked.

Meanwhile, the gar bar here is the first of its kind for Canada Safeway stores in Ontario.

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