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A Supermarket Billionaire Steps Into Trouble Over Covid Pay

  • Loblaw’s Galen Weston faces backlash on retail workers’ wages
  • Major grocery chains in Canada are cutting pandemic pay boost
Galen Weston
Galen WestonPhotographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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Galen G. Weston, the scion of the billionaire family that controls Canada’s biggest grocer, Loblaw Cos., became the company’s public face through his polished appearances in promotional videos and television ads. But the executive’s latest attempt at controlling the message has turned into a public relations fiasco.

In a post on a Loblaw website Thursday, Weston, who’s the executive chairman, shared how he briefly flouted physical distancing rules to help his frail father, W. G. Galen Weston. It was a rare personal glimpse inside a discreet family that controls a $7.6-billion fortune in retail and real estate.