There is one thing that is constant in Prince Rupert and that is the rain. Prince Rupert is known for its less than cheery weather, so when Rob Price was given the chance to move to dry land, he jumped at it. Armed with his knowledge of the grocery business, Price joined the team that was to take over the Cooper’s Foods store as soon as it was completed.
Price had worked in Langley, Cranbrook, Creston, Golden and Grand Forks as well on his path through the Overwaitea Food Group. He had fished around Princeton as a kid, out at Otter Lake, so knew a bit about the town. “I was excited to be coming here,” said Price “and excited to be coming to a new store.” Fishing and the outdoor life are part of Price’s interests, so the move should help him fulfill his down time away from work. “I also like driving the back roads and just kind of exploring.”
Price is a B.C. boy. His parents live in Creston and his brother and sister are in Abbotsford. He started out his life as a young adult as a concrete finisher and decided to work for Overwaitea after a friend urged him to apply. “I was going to do that until something else came along,” Price stated. “I didn’t realize how much I would like it.” Price kept his job as a concrete finisher for a while doing it by day and his Overwaitea job by night, until he realized that he wanted to stay on with Overwaitea Food Group full time. “I love my job and the people.”
In 1992, Price joined the team and he worked his way up through the ranks managing the bakery and then the deli in Creston before moving up to Operations Manager. Price went to Prince Rupert in his first position as Assistant Manager. “I was there 29 months,” he stated. “I heard it was sunny in Princeton all the time, so was really looking forward to the move. Apparently, however, I brought the rain with me,” he joked. “People can blame me for bringing the Prince Rupert weather to town.”
Price admitted that the transition from the old Overwaitea to the new Cooper’s Foods had some challenges. “It was tricky closing the old store down and trying to keep our customers happy,” he said. “I am glad we are in the new store now and that the people of Princeton can shop in a store like this. This is the nicest store I’ve worked in and I’m looking forward to my time here getting to know the community and I’m really looking forward to that sun I keep hearing about.”