Loeb was a Canadian supermarket chain. Founded in Ottawa, Ontario, Loeb expanded across Canada, and into parts of the United States. The company was acquired by the Quebec-based supermarket chain Metro in 1999, and its stores were converted to the Metro brand in 2008.

Company typeDivision
FoundedOttawa, Ontario, Canada, 1912
HeadquartersOntario, Canada
ProductsDairy, frozen foods, grocery, general merchandise (non-food), meat/deli, pharmacy, produce, snacks
ParentMetro Inc.
Websitewww.loeb.ca (redirects to metro.ca)
Interior of a typical Loeb supermarket
Loeb Fallingbrook on Tenth Line Road in Orléans, Ontario

History edit

Loeb began in 1912 when Moses Loeb opened a small wholesale confectionery house in Ottawa. By 1950, Loeb grew into two large warehouses, and the following two decades were those of lucrative business ventures. Through partnerships with other companies into the 1980s, Loeb continued to serve the needs of people throughout Canada and the United States.

In 1990, Loeb launched its own brand of private label products, called 'Loeb Made Today', followed by 'Loeb Ready' products.

In the early 1990s, Loeb had mascot characters named "Koo-Kie" and "Handy and Dandy".[1]

Acquisition by Metro edit

In June 1999, Loeb became part of the Metro Foods corporate group. At the time, it was owned by Provigo, which was sold the previous year to Loblaw Companies, which was required to resell Loeb for competitive reasons. Following the purchase, Metro began putting products from its own house brands, Merit/Selection and Irresistibles, on the shelves of Loeb stores.

In 2006, following Metro's acquisition of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Company of Canada, Loeb became a subsidiary of A&P Canada. New products and services were introduced to Loeb stores, and the Merit, Econochoix, and Irresistible lines were dropped in favour of A&P Canada's own Master Choice, Equality and Baker's Oven products, along with Fresh Obsessions produce.

On August 7, 2008, Metro announced it would invest $200 million consolidating the company's conventional food stores under the Metro banner. Over a period of 15 months, all Loeb stores were converted to the Metro name. The rebranding also saw the Irresistibles and Selection brands return to the stores, replacing those inherited from A&P.[2]

Advertising slogans edit

  • 1998–2002: Real Values (Get Real... Real Saving, Real Quality, Real Variety & Real Freshness)
  • 2002–2004: For What's Important in Life
  • 2004–2009: Just What You Need, Lunch Box Treats for Kids of All Ages!, Cut Your Way Everyday!, Freshness to Go!

Private labels edit

  • Selection
  • Econochoice
  • Irresistibles
  • Loeb Bakery Shoppe
  • The Event Pleaser
  • Red Grill Meats

Former brands (2006 to 2008):

  • Fresh Obsessions
  • Master Choice
  • Basics for Less
  • Equality

See also edit

References edit

External links edit

  • Loeb Official website (redirects to metro.ca)