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A proudly Canadian business, here’s how Sobeys Inc. has grown from a small meat delivery business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia to more than 1,500 stores across the country.

Scroll across to see Sobeys Inc. grow through the years to become the iconic Canadian company it is today.



William Sobey, a member of Britain’s Royal engineers is stationed in Halifax where he meets and marries Janet MacIntosh of Pictou County in 1862.


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After returning to England, the Sobeys come back to Nova Scotia to stay — along with their seven-year-old son, John William (J.W.).


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After moving to Stellarton, Nova Scotia, J.W. starts a meat delivery business. With a horse-drawn cart, he purchases and collects livestock from local farmers for resale.

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With the history of Sobeys Inc. comes the history of its parent company, Empire, and more. Click through to any of the pages below to gather further information about the Canadian superstore, Sobeys.

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