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.
How it all began
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. They 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, they believe that it takes more than good food to build strong communities.
Respecting the environment is another one of Choices’ motivations. Their stores are built with energy efficiency in mind. Instead of contributing to growing landfills, they compost produce, bakery and meat items that are then turned into healthy, fertile soil. To reduce food kilometres, local sourcing is a priority whenever possible and if a product must be imported, they select fair trade items.
Choices also places a lot of value on education. Not only are staff knowledgeable and passionate, they also do their best to educate the customer. A team of Registered Dietitians and Holistic Nutritionists is available 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. They want everyone to be able to make informed choices about what they put into their shopping baskets.
The Green Beaver Company’s products are proudly displayed in the stores and have a been a favourite among their customers for almost a decade now. Choices believes that green beauty is an integral part of an organic lifestyle.
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 such (add link there are so many) as the UBC Farm, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and many more!
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