Sobeys' stores would be cool even if its freezers were on the fritz. One of Canada's top grocery chains (trailing Loblaw Companies), Sobeys consists of more than 1,800 stores and almost 30 distribution centers in all 10 provinces. Some 850 of its stores are franchised and include Foodland, FreshCo, IGA, Bonichoix. It also operates more than 75 Lawton's Drug Stores in Atlantic Canada. The chain has about 280 outlets under the Sobeys banner. Stores operate under five different food retail formats to offer convenience- to full-service shopping at different price points. Its 120 convenience stores do business under the Needs banner. Sobeys is owned by Empire Company, itself controlled by the Sobey family.