LETTER: Ponoka Legion concerned with Loblaw account policy

The Ponoka Legion asks other local groups if they have been affected by a Loblaws purchasing policy.

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Dear Editor,

The Ponoka Legion Branch 66 recently received a letter from Loblaw Companies Limited informing the Legion that effective immediately, we no longer are able to have a charge account at the local No Frills grocery store. It was not because we were not in good standing with the store, but because we do not spend a minimum of $13,000 per year at the store.

They offered an alternative program: the President’s Choice Bulk Gift Card Program. However we do not qualify for that either as each order at the store must be over $2,000.

I am wondering if other non-profit organizations in Ponoka received the same letter. It is very unfortunate that our local No Frills is facing possibly a loss in customers because the large corporation does not see the value in small communities.

Sure we are a small organization spending well below the $13,000 minimum in a year but our members also live and work in the Ponoka community. Many of us personally shop at No Frills.

On behalf of the Legion, I will be writing to the Loblaw Corporation to express our disappointment with this new policy. I am hoping others that have been affected will consider the same approach as many voices may cause them to consider the broader impact of future policy decisions.

Sincerely, Barb Olsen, President Branch 66