Steveston residents hold fundraiser for staff of grocery store destroyed by fire

The community of Steveston rallied Saturday afternoon to show support for workers of a local grocery store that burned down in January.

Supporters organized a concert to raise funds for those who lost their jobs as a result of the fire that destroyed the Super Grocer and Pharmacy on No. 1 Road and Moncton Street.

The event took place all day Saturday at the Steveston United Church, with performances by local musicians, a magician, and other artists.

Co-organizer Alex Segert says local businesses pitched in to raffle off gift cards.

“All the funds that we raised today will be…split evenly between the Super Grocer staff that were affected by the horrible fire,” he said.

CityNews spoke to one woman who says she’s still in disbelief and can’t imagine how the workers must feel.

“Even after the aftermath, they must be trying to figure out, OK, what’s my next step? Where do I go from here?,” she said.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie told CityNews, the grocery store had been a mainstay in the area for decades.

“This is a business that’s been here for well over 40 years; people go to it as an institution.” he said.

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