In Canada, are Safeway and Thrifty Foods owned by the same company? I find this hard to believe but was told this by an employee who worked at Safeway.
According to this Wikipedia article here it seems Thrifty Foods is owned by Sobeys who bought out the Canadian chain of Safeway, so I guess the answer is yes?
In June 2013, Sobeys announced the purchase of Safeway's Canadian operations for $5.8 billion, subject to regulatory approval. The acquisition will add Safeway's 214 locations, primarily located in Western Canada, to its portfolio. Sobeys has not yet determined whether it will maintain the Safeway brand post-acquisition. In August 2013, Sobeys sold the land under 68 Safeways to Crombie REIT for $900 million.