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AMS congratulates Grocery Checkout on a successful opening

February 14, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) wishes to congratulate Grocery Checkout Fresh Market on their opening in the Queen’s Centre today.  After a year of lobbying and developing partnerships with the University and AMS, Grocery Checkout opened its doors to the public for the first time today shortly after noon.

“This is a really exciting moment for Queen’s students,” says Ashley Eagan, AMS Vice-President (Operations). “Grocery Checkout’s wide array of fresh and competitively priced products will make healthier eating options a lot more accessible for students with incredibly busy schedules.”

Team CES (Campbell, Eagan, Slobodin) ran on a platform that included filling the retail spaces in the Queen’s Centre and specifically bringing a grocery store into one of the spaces. Drug Smart Pharmacy will be filling the other retail space in the Queen’s Centre (beside the entrance to the Athletics & Recreation Centre) and is set to open later this term.

“Opening a Grocery Store on our university campus is representative of the significant impact that students can have in improving our university,” says Morgan Campbell, AMS President. “The AMS initiated the effort to work with city zoning and by-law restrictions that had previously disallowed a service of this type on our campus.  This project was student led from the start, but it was possible because of the partnerships established with Grocery Checkout and with the University.”

This is Grocery Checkout’s second location, with their first opening at Western University in 2010. Many of the products offered in this location are sourced from local Kingston suppliers. Grocery Checkout welcomes feedback from students on products they would like to see offered on campus.

AMS President Morgan Campbell cuts the ribbon at Grocery Checkout's opening today. Left to right: Nathan Felder (Grocery Checkout CEO), Morgan Campbell (AMS President), Ashley Eagan (AMS VP Operations) and Kieran Slobodin (AMS VP University Affairs). Photo credit: Andrew Baldanza

Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

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