Currently with eleven locations, Choices Markets is a local, BC owned and operated retailer of natural, organic and specialty foods.
Originally opened in 1990, Choices is proud to be celebrating over 25 years as a local, grassroots grocer committed to our customers, communities and planet.
We are pleased to announce that we have recently added four new members to the Choices family. Our new location in the vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood is currently being renovated but remains open for business. We have also recently opened a new storefront and production facility on Marine Way in Burnaby and are ready to serve the Fraser Valley with our location in Abbotsford. We’re also excited to finally be a part of the North Shore community with our opening of Choices North Vancouver. Come say hi to our friendly staff the next time you’re in the neighbourhood.
Since opening their first store in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood on December 6th, 1990, founding partners Wayne and Lloyd Lockhart have committed themselves to natural and organic food retailing. From the beginning, the brothers immediately began drawing a loyal clientele who loved their commitment to green retailing. Fellow natural food enthusiast, Salim Ahmed, joined Wayne and Lloyd as their business partner in 1998. Since then these three wise entrepreneurs have actively expanded the number of their retail outlets.
While establishing a presence as a natural, organic grocer, Choices also gained recognition as an advocate of supporting the great number of BC dedicated food producers. Over the years, the lasting relationships that Choices has built with local food producers are more than simply buy-and-sell transactions; they run much deeper. We set aside time to get to know the people who grow and produce the local foods that go home with Choices’ customers.
Choices has been a strong supporter of not only the farmers and food makers, but also local organizations that work toward building healthy, sustainable communities, whether through food, education, health or environmental initiatives. At the core, we believe that it takes more than good food to build strong communities.
Respecting the environment is another one of our motivations. We build our stores with energy efficiency in mind. Instead of contributing to growing landfills, we compost produce, bakery and meat items that are then turned into healthy, fertile soil. To reduce food kilometres, we make it a priority to source local products whenever possible and if we must obtain a product from abroad, we source fair trade if available.
We also place a lot of value on education. Not only do we keep our staff knowledgeable and passionate, we also do our best to educate the customer. We employ a team of Registered Dietitians and Holistic Nutritionists to answer any questions the customer might have about the often confusing and ever changing landscape of food and nutrition. We even offer free 60-minute store tours with our nutrition consultants to our customers. We want everyone to be able to make informed choices about what they put into their shopping baskets.
- Offering our customers a variety of local, organic and specialty products at affordable prices while being committed to sustainability.
- Designing our markets for a warm, attractive, family friendly shopping experience
- Training our employees to exceed retail customer service expectations.
We attribute our success to our loyal customer base. Accordingly, our customers are our first priority.
We take great care to purchase and produce the finest and freshest grocery, meat, produce, deli, dairy, health care and bakery products available. With our commitment to sustainability, we always source local products first and if it must be ordered from abroad, we source fair trade everywhere we can.
Giving Back to the Community…
We are a 100 percent British Columbia owned and operated business. As such, we recognize the importance of supporting the local community. This is manifested in our support of local growers and producers, as well as local charitable and community organizations.