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COVID-19 cases spread at T&T grocery stores and Burnaby Safeway

One Burnaby Safeway has seen cases reported twice in April
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Several more employees at major grocery stores operating in B.C. have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent days, particularly in the Lower Mainland.

One store being impacted in Burnaby is the Safeway grocery store in Kensington plaza on Hastings Streets.

Two cases at this store have been reported so far in April, with the latest case being reported today (April 9) with the worker’s last shift being on April 1.

These cases follow recent cases involving staff at the Real Canadian Superstore at Metropolis at Metrotown and the Wholesale Club store on Kingsway in the Metrotown area.

Fraser Health has also issued a warning about a COVID-19 exposure at a Burnaby beauty salon.

The health authority posted on its website a notification about First Hair and Beauty Studio, warning customers and staff who were at this location from March 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The business is located at 7639 – Sixth St. in the Edmonds neighbourhood.

Other stores with affected employees are located in both the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, including in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, and Coquitlam.

Sobeys, Inc, the parent company of familiar stores like Safeway and Thrifty Foods, and the franchisor of discount grocery chain FreshCo, indicated April 8 on its case tracker that employees working at three of its Metro Vancouver stores have tested positive for the virus. The affected stores are as follows:

  • Safeway - 2733 West Broadway, Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was March 31
  • Safeway - 1766 Robson St, Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was April 4
  • Safeway - 1170 East 27 St, North Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was April 3

Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, and other local chains, provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings on April 9 indicating cases at the following store locations in the Metro Vancouver region:

  • Dennis' No Frills - 100 - 1960 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam: The last day the team member worked was on April 1
  • Dean's No Frills - 4508 Fraser St, Vancouver: The last day the team member worked was on March 28

While T&T Supermarket is owned by Loblaw, the Canadian Asian grocery chain lists its COVID-19 cases separately on its own site. The company is reporting a new case at the following Metro Vancouver stores: 

  • Central City Store - #3000-10153 King George Blvd, Surrey: The last day the part-time associate worked was April 2
  • Osaka store in Park Royal, with the last day worked being April 3
  • With files from Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome