Kardish Health Food Centre, Ottawa, ON, has been named the Outstanding Business of the Year Award winner as part of The Best Ottawa Business Awards, which was presented Nov. 20.
Brothers Robert and Carey Assaf, the co-owners of Kardish, have been involved with the organization for much of their lives: their father, Michael, was a franchisee who owned and operated Kardish locations between 1984 and 2005. After working with the business in various capacities, the brothers acquired full ownership in 2010.
Over the past four years, they have doubled the size of Kardish from four to eight stores, all in the Ottawa region, and they expect to open a ninth location this year.
“As a local business in Ottawa, our dedication to customer care has been the greatest contributor to Kardish’s success,” said Robert. “We put what’s best for the customer into every decision we make. Health and wellness is a growing industry across Canada and around the world.”
Carey says, “Winning the Best Ottawa Business Award was a very proud moment for Rob and I. Although we are still quite young, we have been involved in this business for most of our lives, so to be recognized for our hard work and success feels great. It also shows us that Ottawa, as a city, also thinks we're doing a great job. Sharing this award with our incredible team and getting to go on stage with all of them dressed up and having fun was the icing on the cake for me.”
Robert concurs with his brother. “The award is something that I'm very proud of. Our customers and employees – as well as vendors, professionals and service providers – all were just as excited as Carey and I were when we shared the news with them. Ottawa business headlines are typically dominated by the technology and government sectors, so it was great that a retailer of natural health products was able to get a moment in the spotlight.”
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