BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: No Frills store opens Friday in Cloverdale

Retail space at mall was previously home to IGA store

Franchisee Glenn Scott at his No Frills store at Clover Square Village.

CLOVERDALE — The second No Frills grocery store in Surrey will open Friday morning (Aug. 28) at Clover Square Village, the Lark Group-managed mall in the 17710-block of 56th Avenue in Cloverdale.

The retail space was previously home to an IGA store.

The 23,000-square-foot No Frills store is operated by franchisee Glenn Scott, a Langley resident who got his start in the grocery-retail business a decade ago in Olds, Alta. Two years later there, he became the manager of the first No Frills store in Western Canada.

No Frills stores are designed to “appeal to consumers looking for quality food essentials at a great value.” A “simple and efficient” shopping experience is promised by the chain, which operates under Loblaw Companies Limited.

Surrey’s first No Frills store is operated by franchisee Terry Maguire at 15355 Fraser Hwy. Another is due open later this year at 12852 96th Ave.

‘SALAAM SWIPE’ APP LAUNCHED

A Surrey-based entrepreneur has come up with an app to allow Muslims to date, get to know one another and perhaps find love and marriage.

The Tinder-style app is called Salaam Swipe, created by Khalil Jessa and launched last Wednesday (Aug. 19) for use on iPhones.

Users are able to filter potential matches by denomination, religiosity and outlook, and an incognito mode filters out online friends and family.

“Salaam Swipe is the most advanced Muslim matching application,” says a post on the app’s website. “It’s time to change the way we meet one another.”

Jessa, 26, after realizing how difficult it was to meet other young, eligible Muslims, began working on the app about a year ago.

“These types of swiping apps have become normalized in society, and being a young Muslim, if you want to look for someone in my community, it’s really difficult,” Jessa told the Province newspaper.

“We don’t promote ourselves as a dating app, we’re a matching app.”

 

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