The shelves are on their way to being fully stocked, the staff are hired, and everything's ready for the ribbon cutting this Friday at Langley's newest grocery store.
Mike's NoFrills is opening in the 5500 block of 204th Street, a location that for years was occupied by an IGA Market.
When the IGA closed last year, it was a concern for many of the nearby residents.
Seniors from several nearby apartment buildings suddenly had to find ways to get to other grocery outlets farther than a few blocks away.
Franchise owner Mike Evans said there has been a lot of interest - in just a few minutes on Tuesday, half a dozen passersby at the Langley Mall stopped to peek in the doors and pick up flyers.
NoFrills is part of the Loblaws group, which also includes Superstore and Independent grocers.
Evans has worked for various Loblaws stores since 1980, starting with a Supervalu in Surrey
He's managed a number of locations, most recently a Superstore in Cranbrook.
Opening a franchise was an opportunity to move back to the Lower Mainland, where he grew up and worked for years.
"I liked the area," he said of Langley. "Langley's up and coming, very aggressive with their growth," he said of his new home. He's decided to move in just a few blocks away from his store.
NoFrills is a new brand to the West Coast, having started up in the Lower Mainand just a few years ago.
It's expanding rapidly, with about eight stores in Metro Vancouver and another several scattered around the province, said Evans.
The local store will employ about 95 to 100 people, and will offer a full range of groceries, while staying true to its name.
There will be a deli and bakery, but no butchers or bakers making anything on site, Evans said.
The aim is to keep prices down and label the savings on as many items on the shelves as possible.
"It's all about savings," said Evans. Even the ribbon cutting on Friday will be a no-frills affair, with no dignitaries.
The ribbon will be cut at 8: 45 a.m. on Friday; the store opens to customers at 9 a.m.
The local business community and politicians are welcoming of the new addition to Langley City's downtown.
City Mayor Peter Fassbender was pleased to see a grocery store open up; he and his council had been vocal about the need for a replacement for the IGA to serve the neighbourhood.
Teri James of the Downtown Langley Merchants Association said she checked out the NoFrills Surrey location when she heard the store location in Langley had been leased.
"It think it's going to be a really good fit there," she said.
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