From modest beginnings in 1976 at the flea market, where Angelo and son Guy D’Addario would spend long hard hours every weekend, the D’Addario family managed to successfully build their business into a flourishing health and bulk foods store in Ajax, Ontario.
How it all began
From modest beginnings in 1976 at the flea market, where Angelo and son Guy D’Addario would spend long hard hours every weekend, the D’Addario family managed to successfully build their business into a flourishing health and bulk foods store in Ajax, Ontario. They were quickly approaching their 20th anniversary when disaster struck: a devastating fire which destroyed their store and the small neighbourhood plaza in which it was operated.
After this difficult event, they started over in a 5,000-square foot within the Weston Produce plaza, customers quickly gravitated to the warm and friendly environment created by Angelo and his children, including Joe and Guy, whose wife Teresa had rejoined the team after taking time off to fulfil her role as a happy new mother.
As Teresa recalls: “It was a homey atmosphere; very comfortable. We were able to directly engage and connect with everyone who came through our store. We built our business through interaction with our customers – something we still do today.”
Again, operating under the bulk foods and health food store premise, local interest grew rapidly. Before long, they found themselves pushed well beyond capacity. It was then that the idea to expand into a space triple the size came up. The D’Addario’s made the leap. It proved to be a sound decision, as local demand for organic foods and health supplements had begun to truly take off.
Yet, despite another 5,000-foot addition – bringing their space to just over 20,000 feet – they were still pushed to capacity, and the interest kept building. With time came a new and, to some, radical idea: what if Natures Emporium moved into the large vacant space left by the former Weston Produce?
The D’Addario family knew that York Region was ready to take the next step in the evolution towards healthy living through great nutrition, built upon natural and organic foods.
And so today, within it's beautiful 50,000 square foot facility in Newmarket, and a thriving new 20,000 square foot location in Vaughan, the Natures Emporium family continues to greet new faces every day.
The Green Beaver Company’s products have proudly been part of Nature’s Emporium constant growth for about a decade now. Customers really enjoy Green Beaver products and they have now become an everyday staple.
Every year, Nature’s Fare invests in many individual causes – big and small – throughout the York region community. Yet, in early 2013, they decided to look for a cause that would have even greater positive ripple effects, potentially assisting every one of their customers and neighbours, either directly or indirectly. They wanted to help support those suffering – regardless of their specific disease or health struggle. They’ve chosen partner with the Southlake Foundation. They also continue to look for more great ways to reach out even further. It embodies Nature’s Fare’s commitment to our community.
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