Just about 13 miles west of Canning is the small town of Cold Brook. It's home to a Foodland, which uses the Sobeys/Compliments group.
The store is part of a small indoor mall, and it's on the lower level. So entering here will give you a staircase to head down into the supermarket -- and a good overview of the store.
Now is as good a time as any to discuss the layout. Produce is in the front left corner, with meat continuing along the first aisle. Dairy runs along the back wall of the store, with frozen at the far end of the store.
Here's the rear/lower level entrance.
Looking from the produce alcove towards the front of the store. This store doesn't have a deli, but deli products are in these cases we see running along the first aisle.
Here we're looking over towards the produce alcove (left) and the first aisle (right).
For a closer look at produce...
You know, it seems like everyone loves local. I've seen signs to that effect or using that exact phrasing at this store, ACME, ShopRite, and Stop & Shop.
Here's a look down the rest of the first aisle.
Now looking along the back wall (dairy) towards the last aisle (frozen).
Good in-store branding with these signs.
Nice clean and spacious grocery aisles. This store isn't large but it certainly has a good selection (if no service departments).
Interesting that there's not exactly any decor in this store. All the walls are beige, but there are lots of promotional signs around.
Frozen foods in the last aisle.
There are some pretty old fixtures in this store, such as the coffin freezer case we can see here.
Now for a look at the front-end before we head out...
Again, some of the fixtures are pretty old, including the registers.
Can I just point out that every supermarket needs one of these? So many times I'm standing in a supermarket and all I want is something to drink other than soda or water. Anyway, that's about it for Nova Scotia! We start the Bronx tomorrow, so get ready...
6637 NS Trunk 1, Cold Brook, NS
Open Mon-Sat 8AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-7PM (I don't get why all these stores' hours are so short here in NS. Where's the 7AM-12AM daily hours I'm used to?)
Let's head about 75 miles east of Wolfville to the town of Truro, NS. With a population of 12,000, it's significantly larger than Wolfville or Canning. It's home to Atlantic Superstore, which like Your Independent Grocer is run by the Loblaw group, although I don't believe these stores are franchised.
Atlantic Superstore is a hypermarket, meaning it's a full grocery store that also sells a variety of nonfood products. This particular one, for instance, has a clothing department in the center of the store.
Entranceway puts you into the grand aisle, which contains produce, deli, bakery, and seafood. Meat runs along the back wall with frozen and dairy at the far side of the store. The store is huge, at over 80,000 square feet.
As I entered, a manager happened to see me taking pictures. The conversation went like this:
Him: Why are you taking pictures?
Me: I'm interested in supermarkets and retail design, so I like to photograph stores when I visit them.
Him: Oh, okay.
Me: I can stop if you like.
Him: [shrugs and walks away]
So I didn't stop. And that's why we have a full tour here today!
Prepared foods counter immediately when you walk in. The seating area is located just to the left, along the front wall.
You can also see the liquor store on the side wall.
And now into the enormous produce department!
The bright colors on the walls are fantastic and they really bring the cavernous space to life. Otherwise these huge stores with high ceilings can feel very dull.
Bakery is located at the back of the first aisle. Not a huge fan of the floor, but the lighting is very nice. The decor is attractive but could stand to be updated. As we'll see, it has been modified slightly in some places. Notice that it's a deluxe version of the same decor that's in the Your Independent Grocer in Wolfville.
Bulk foods at the back of the produce department. Huge selection!
The deli and seafood departments are located in an island facing produce.
And the bakery is on the back wall. This is a rather common layout, and we've seen nearly the exact same floor plan closer to home at the Extra Supermarket in Jersey City, NJ.
Very attractive bakery.
This is something I'll never be able to get used to, although it does make more sense: packaged breads and rolls in the bakery department rather than center-store.
Here's a look at the deli in the front, which appears to be partially a service counter but mostly self service.
Very nice seafood on ice in the back corner. Again, eerily similar to the Extra. Okay, maybe it's not eerie.
A look along the store's long back aisle. Notice that this store was planned at this size, and the sightlines continue. In many stores as large in the NJ area, the size was reached by expansions, so their layouts are kind of haphazard.
Here's a look at natural foods in the back of the first few aisles, looking towards meat on the back wall.
The front half of that department is HABA, facing the pharmacy counter.
The back wall once again promotes the President's Choice brand, which is the storebrand here too.
The grocery aisles are pretty standard, save for the clothing section in the middle of the store.
The clothing department is branded Joe Fresh, which is also owned by Loblaw. The chain has standalone clothing stores, too, including some in the United States.
Dairy continues along the back wall, with frozen foods in the last aisle.
They divide the frozen department with multiple department signs, although it works because they're all the same color so visually, it's the same section of the store.
And you've gotta love any store that has a Fish & Chips department!
And we can see a slight variation in the decor as we move towards the front of the store.
Compare the font on this sign to the one for Fish & Chips. It looks like this one is newer. If you go back and look at some of the other signs, you can notice the same thing in other departments.
The second floor in this area is a community meeting room. I'm not sure exactly how this one works, but the ShopRite of Newark has a similar thing that any local organization can sign up to use for free for a meeting.
Underneath that space, there is a kitchen goods section with silverware, dishes, cooking utensils, and other similar items. Extra uses this corner for sale items.
Floral is at the far end (near the entrance) on the front wall.
Very spacious front-end (the high peaked ceiling helps too) for a huge store.
The decor kind of falls flat here on the front wall. I like the orange color, but there's no signs (no thank you or anything) other than that little logo.
One more look along the front end before we head out. Tomorrow is our last day of Nova Scotia with one final tour before we head up to the Bronx on Saturday!