William Macdonald Sobey
William Macdonald Sobey, executive (b at New Glasgow, NS 9 June 1927; d at Salt Lake City, Utah 29 May 1989). As chairman of the board of Sobeys Stores Ltd, he continued the family control of the Nova Scotia-based chain of food stores founded in 1907 by his grandfather, John William Sobey. The retail and wholesale company operates 100 supermarkets and has a market that extends beyond the Atlantic provinces into the Gaspé and southern Ontario. Sobey was mayor of Stellarton, NS, for 5 years. In 1987 the Sobey family and another NS family lost a 5-year legal battle for Nova Scotia Savings & Loan Co. The Sobeys have a 20% interest in PROVIGO Inc which operates food stores and owns Consumers Distributing.