Blind Bay Village Grocer opened the doors for the first time on January 18th 2010 in Blind Bay B.C. Since then we have excelled in not only growth but outstanding customer service.

In 2011 we were judged for the first time by CFIG (Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers).

They presented us with the silver award for National Small Surface Category as well as the Regional award for British Columbia/Yukon.

In 2013 we were presented with the same wonderful award for both National and Regional.

In 2014 we won GOLD for National Small Surface Category and again the Regional award for British Columbia/Yukon.

Not only are we succeeding with CFIG but also with Shell. Between the years 2013-2015 we had the opportunity to nominate a deserving employee for the trip of a lifetime with Shell.

The year 2015 brought even more amazing news... We achieved winning a prestigious award as Country Retailer of the Year.

This is only the second time that an independent site has ever won this award. The same year we also won Gold for single sites across Canada.

In May 2016 shell flew Colby & Annette to Tokyo, Japan were they represented Canada and competing for the Blind Bay Village Grocer to be #1 Globally




The Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year is the most prestigious award CFIG can bestow. Each year Independent grocery stores from coast to coast in Canada compete for the coveted title in each of the specialty, large, medium and small surface categories. Each of the competing stores is visited personally by a highly respected retail management expert, who evaluates competing stores based on retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness. Awards are then presented to the best Small, Medium, and Large Surface category winners at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

**Photos available upon request

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4000 grocery retailers from every part of Canada, CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent grocers, providing programs for operational excellence, facilitating educational and training programs and fostering enabling-relationships among retailers and suppliers. CFIG is a respected organization that speaks confidently for its retail members to industry, government, and the consumer.

For more information, contact:

Dan Leggieri, Communications Manager

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

416-492-2311 x. 231

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We’re always open to hearing anything that you want to share with us. If you want to suggest something that you’d like to see in the store or just some general feedback we’d love to hear from you.

P: 1 (250) 675-2046 | E: | A: 2798 Balmoral Road, Blind Bay, BC, V0E 1H1

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