Community outreach, loyalty program contribute to growthNature's Fare in Penticton, B.C. is on a bit of a winning streak, according to store manager Bobbi Krien. "Our store recently won best of the south Okanagan for "Best Health Food/Vitamin store" for 2013. We also won this award in 2011 and 2012. This award is voted on by the public. Also, Nature's Fare Markets on the whole won the CHFA Canadian retailer of the year award this year and it is the first time any retailer has won it four times!
Montreal's BioTerre Epicerie Sante is one of those "must-see" natural health stores that offers up a number of pleasant surprises to any visitor. Nestled on a corner in a bustling downtown Montreal neighborhood, BioTerre is a 3,900 sq. ft., full service store that is visually pleasing in so many ways.
Alexa Monahan of Nature's Fare said, "We've added 2,500 square feet, mainly retail. We've increased the size of each of our departments (deli, produce, grocery, meats, haba, vitamins/supplements) as well as adding additional cash registers."
The year 1953 was certainly filled with newsworthy events. The post-Second World War baby boom was in full swing, as Canadian families grew at record rates. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place, and the three-year Korean War ended. In Nepal, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest. In Canadian sports, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. And on a cool sunny Saturday in Toronto, the Hamilton Tiger Cats won the Grey Cup over Winnipeg (sorry Blue Bomber fans!)
For 40 years, the Stone Store in Guelph, Ontario has worked its way into the hearts and minds of the people in this "green, granola" city. What began as a loosely undefined coop in 1970, it has become a well-known fixture in Guelph's downtown core.
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Just over a year ago, Darryl Sangster saw a potentially tremendous business opportunity materialize before his eyes in his very own kitchen at home. Within a year, he had parlayed that "potential opportunity" into four brand new organic market stores in three Saskatchewan cities.
Marches Tau has added another store to it's already successful group in Montreal, Quebec. Company vice-president Robbie Brown says it was the next logical step as customers had been requesting another store for some time. So as customers spoke, Robbie made sure to listen.
Nature's Fare Markets' newest store marks a couple of firsts for the organization, under the categories of "further" and "bigger." For almost 20 years, Nature's Fare has been serving the health food needs of residents throughout the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. With five successful locations throughout the Okanagan – in Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops – the company decided it was time to step outside "the valley" and into the greater Vancouver area (GVA) to help more people on their health journey.
A few years ago, CNHR featured Alice Chung, the president of Alive Health Centres, with the intention of following up with a more detailed story, focusing on some of the business aspects that make this dynamic woman so successful in her business. Beginning in 1978 working in a health food store, Alice began growing her 28-store empire in 1983 when she acquired her first store in Vancouver's Richmond Centre. Today, she has stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Toronto.
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