Filipino-owned Seafood City chain to open first Canada outlet
SAN FRANCISCO — A large Filipino grocery chain with 22 U.S. locations along the West Coast and Hawaii will open its first Canadian store near Toronto early next year.
The Seafood City Supermarket chain carries staple goods and fresh ingredients for Filipino and other Asian cuisines.
A Seafood City store will be opening at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, in the first quarter of 2017.
The Canadian Seafood City Supermarket will include a Grill City, a Filipino barbecue fast-food joint, and a Crispy Town, which sells fried Filipino snack food.
Seafood City primarily targets communities with a large Filipino population. In 2011, more than 662,000 Filipino people lived in Canada, according to Statistics Canada’s 2011 national household survey, making up about five per cent of the country’s population.
In 2014, the Philippines pushed ahead of China and India as Canada’s top source country for immigrants, according to the federal agency.
The Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver are home to the largest Filipino communities in Canada.
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