In a recent article on the CBC, it was reported that Loblaw, the chain that also owns Superstore, Provigo, Shoppers Drug Mart, Bulk Barn, No Frills, Zehrs, and others will be closing 50 stores this year that have weak profits. This may be beneficial from a business earnings perspective, however with stores closing, there is always a risk that a food desert will be created. Speculation suggest that smaller stores such as Shoppers Drug Marts will likely be the types of locations closed, but there are no confirmed stores as of yet.
As stores are confirmed, it will be important to revisit the areas affected and determine if food deserts will be created by these closures. So far in Canada, three food deserts have been identified in the literature, which reside in: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Hamilton, Ontario; and London, Ontario.