Gary Hughes

Sobeys, Local Development Manager – Alberta

How To Do Business With Sobeys’ Local Program

An introduction to the Local Program at Sobeys and how to get your products on the shelf.


Gary Hughes has been with Sobeys for over 25 years, starting out as a clerk in a Garden Market IGA store and progressing his way up to become the Store Manager. There are very few jobs within the store that Gary has not done at some point. Looking for a new challenge Gary took a role as an Assistant Category Manager for Sobeys in Western Canada based in Edmonton, followed up by transitioning to Calgary as Category Manager. In this role Gary oversaw multiple categories for Western Canada in the Sobeys, Safeway and IGA banners. In 2017 Gary had the opportunity to join a newly created Field Merchandising team that was focused on bringing local products to life in Alberta and the Prairies which is the role he is currently in today.