Save our Sidney

SOS

SOS – Save Our Sidney presents ….Jan Egil Gulbrandsen

​”​Strategy for retail success in Sidney in the years to come.” 

Wednesday, May 7th 6:30-8:30PM
Charlie White Theatre
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC

This event is open to all interested Peninsula residents and Sidney businesses. There is no admission fee.

The SOS guest speaker for May will be Mr. Jan Egil Gulbrandsen, a Norwegian entrepreneur – co-founder of the Europris chain – Norway’s answer to Wal-Mart – a general merchandise retail chain in Norway, established in 1992.  As the CEO, Mr. Gulbrandsen, during the first eight years, grew it from a single store to over 70 stores.  These stores are +/- 15,000 sq. ft and can now be found across Norway, with many in towns similar in size and scope to Sidney. 

In 2011, Mr. Gulbrandsen sold Europris, which by then had grown to over 200 stores and over a billion dollars in sales, and moved to the Saanich Peninsula with his Canadian wife Bev.  He is now an international investor, mostly in real estate, and a passionate supporter of “Save Our Sidney”.

Following the presentation, the floor will be open for discussion on the next steps for SOS – Save Our Sidney.

For further information, please contact the event manager:

the TIDES group
The Island’s Destination & Event Service
Steve Duck
info@TIDESgroup.com
250.999.2997
on behalf of:
Richard Talbot
SOS – Save Our Sidney
saveoursidney@gmail.com

Steve Duck the TIDES group
The Island’s Destination & Event Service

INAUGURAL SOS MEETING WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY 2014
Our first SOS monthly meeting will be held in the Charlie White Theatre from 6:30PM to 8:30PM on
Wednesday 7th May.
The agenda will be as follows:
6:00 PM Sign-in & Fees Collection
We need to charge an annual fee to help pay for the monthly meeting room fees.
The SOS annual fees have been set (for the balance of 2014) at $20 per member (both business & resident). However additional donations would be most welcome!
We currently have a membership of +/- 100 but new members are always welcome so
please bring your friends and neighbours.
6:30 PM Welcome & Update
As this is our first SOS meeting I will act as interim chairman and provide a brief PowerPoint update on new
information since my 9th April presentation.
6:45 PM Guest Speaker
Our intention is to bring a distinguished guest speaker to each of our monthly meetings to challenge, motivate
and inspire us. For our 7th May meeting our speaker will be Mr. Jan Egil Gulbrandsen. Jan Egil is a resident of
the peninsula and, until recently, owned a chain of 200 very successful retail stores in Norway many in towns
similar in size and configuration as Sidney. His CV is below and the topic of his exciting PowerPoint
presentation will be “Strategies for retail success in Sidney in the years to come”.
7:30 PM Questions & Answers.
In addition to Jan Egil and myself we are hoping that members of the new Dickinson Retail Task Force, the
SBIA and STIG will also be present to form a panel to answer your questions
.
8:00 PM Next Steps Discussion
The floor will be opened to general discussion as to the next steps for SOS, its format, structure, organisation,
goals etc.
8:30 PM Adjournment
Mr. Jan Egil Gulbrandsen
The SOS guest speaker for the 9th of May will be Mr. Jan Egil Gulbrandsen, a Norwegian entrepreneur – cofounder
of the Europris chain – Norway’s answer to Wal-Mart – a general merchandise stores in Norway
established in 1992. As the CEO Jan Egil, during the first eight years, grew it from a single store to over 70
stores. These stores are +/- 15,000 sq. ft and can now be found across Norway with many in towns similar in
size and scope to Sidney. In 2011 Jan Egil sold Europris which, by then had grown to over 200 stores and over
a billion dollars in sales, and moved to the Saanich Peninsula with his Canadian wife Bev. He is now an
international investor, mostly in real estate, and a passionate supporter of “Save Our Sidney”. The topic for his
exciting PowerPoint presentation will be:
“Strategies for retail success in Sidney in the years to come”.
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