New owners will keep Fields store open

The threat of closure is dissipated with chain purchase

For some communities, the local Fields Store is their lifeline, and until recently, many towns were facing difficult days ahead with the news that their Fields store would be closing. The Fields store in Sooke was one of them.

On May 1, customers lined up at the tills to pay for their purchases most unaware that concerns about the store closing had been lifted. The employees came in to work not knowing what sort of scenario would greet them on Tuesday morning. The Sooke Fields store employs five people. There had been fears earlier on that the store would be closing, but thanks to a group of business people based in Vancouver who share the passion and commitment to community that established Fields beginning back in 1950, the worst case scenario has been lifted. FHC Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has closed on its transaction with former owner Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and purchased 57 Fields stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

“Fields has been an integral part of many communities across Western Canada for many years,” says FHC President, Jason McDougall. “Our team is very excited at the prospect of serving the 57 communities in which it has acquired stores, and will work to ensure people continue to be able to get what they need in their local communities.”

On Vancouver Island, Fields has stores in Comox, Parksville, Port Hardy, Port McNeill and Sooke.