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Choices Market opens first store on Vancouver Island, in Parksville

Location will be B.C. company’s 11th location
Choices Market officially opens the doors to its newest location in Parksville at 319 Island Highway East on Aug. 31. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

On Aug. 31, Choices Market officially opens the doors to its newest location in Parksville at 319 Island Highway East – the company’s 11th location and first store on Vancouver Island.

For more than 33 years, community grocer Choices Market has earned a name as one of Western Canada’s largest retailers of organic, local and specialty foods. In 1990, Choices Market opened its flagship store in Kitsilano, aiming to provide the community with choices to support a healthy lifestyle by offering alternative food options such as local, organic goods and hard-to-find items necessary for specialized diets. Choices Market supports community health beyond food by offering a complimentary nutrition program and community outreach initiatives.

“Parksville is a vibrant community of both young and established families, and we’re excited to be growing right alongside them,” stated Jon Janower, Choices Market chief operating officer. “This location will be our first foray onto the Island, and we’re excited to be serving this incredible community. As a B.C. owned and operated grocer that specializes in organic and specialty food and wellness items, we are thrilled to be able to become a part of the lives of British Columbians in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.”

At 22,000 square feet, Choices Market Parksville will continue to live up to the company’s reputation by supporting small, local producers; sourcing the highest quality, ethically raised or sourced meat, poultry and seafood; and providing a wide variety of local, organic produce, dairy and grocery options. Along with all the traditional grocery shopping essentials, the store will also be home to Choices’ first coffee and smoothie bar, thousands of natural wellness products and complimentary nutrition services – making it a one-stop shop with all the choices Islanders need to nourish their lifestyles.

“Our team has been working so hard over the last few months to get this store ready and to give the people of Parksville more choices for their grocery shopping,” said local store manager Ian Conn. “I am looking forward to being part of our community and can’t wait to finally welcome everyone into this beautiful store.”

Customers can have their health and wellness needs met further by the experts at Pure Integrative Pharmacy, located inside Choices Market Parksville. Pure Integrative Pharmacy is a hub of health, combining traditional pharmacy services with the best of all evidence-based modalities of medicine, such as supplements, nutrition and lifestyle measures, for a holistic and integrative approach to health.

The Parksville store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Choices Market is an organic and specialty foods grocer dedicated to helping people discover the best ways to nourish a healthy body and mind.

Founded in 1990 by brothers Wayne and Lloyd Lockhart, Choices Market has 10 other retail locations spanning Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the Okanagan and an industrial kitchen in South Burnaby.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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