Local businesses keep our local communities vibrant and unique. In keeping it local by shopping locally, whether in store or online, we can help our favourite retailers continue to give back to our communities.
With locations across Vancouver and North Vancouver, Stong's Market is Metro Vancouver's favourite local, independent, and full-service grocery provider.
Stong’s Market offers a wide selection of products in store — far more than your average grocery shop. They carry all major national brands, as well as an extensive selection of unique, gourmet, natural, and organic products. And, as a test location for many small food suppliers looking to develop their products, you can discover the latest and freshest offerings on the market.
Photo: Stong’s Market.
Small businesses have a big impact on B.C.’s economy, making up 98% of the province’s economy, producing 34% of GDP, and creating 53% of private sector jobs.
According to BC Buy Local, by shifting just 10% of your spending to local businesses and products, you can contribute to creating 14,150 jobs and $4.3 billion for B.C.’s economy.
To break it down even further, for every $100 you spend at a local business, $63 is re-circulated back into the local economy — creating jobs, supporting local suppliers, and keeping your neighbours employed.
In their commitment to being 100% B.C. oriented, Stong’s prides themselves on supporting local suppliers large and small.
“We are proud of the number of local farmers and entrepreneurs we work with on a daily basis,” says Brian Bradley, President of Stong’s Market. “It is that commitment, along with our investment in our local communities and high level of customer service that sets us apart from other retailers.”
Photo: Stong’s Market
In addition to supporting local producers, Stong’s Market believes in being a good neighbour.
Their support of local communities and charities dates back to when the first store was opened by founder Carson Stong in 1931. His generosity and leadership served as the foundation of Stong’s commitment to the community.
That involvement in the communities they serve has earned Stong’s a reputation of being more than just a local grocer. Stong’s focuses on investing in schools and educational programs, local sports teams and sports programs, as well as local community organizations and events through the donation of products and services for fundraising events. In fact, Stong’s Market has donated 25x more to their communities than multinational companies.
Through Stong’s Express, their online shopping service, customers can have groceries easily delivered daily to locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver, as well as weekly deliveries to Bowen Island.
Even more, through their online school rebate program, Stong's offers the option of donating 4% of your order to a local school of your choice in a way to support children in our communities.