Loblaw Companies Ltd., one of Canada’s largest food retail companies, has announced plans to open 30 stores and remodel more than 500 existing stores as part of a $1.3 billion plan.

As part of the initiative, Loblaw said it will continue to roll out its Click & Collect e-commerce offering, improve health and wellness services, and include fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

“Our investment will create improved retail experiences for customers and local jobs for communities,” said Galen G. Weston, chairman and CEO, Loblaw Companies Ltd. “Our focus is clear: Across our network, we will provide greater access to fresh, affordable, innovative food and more robust health and wellness services for Canadians.”

With more than 2,400 locations, including 1,100 grocery stores, Loblaw remains Canada’s largest network of corporate and independently owned retail stores, and one of Canada’s largest employers, with a combined workforce of approximately 200,000.