phone: 250-749-6335 
83 Lake Cowichan Rd Lake Cowichan BC V0R 2G0

 Country Grocer first opened its doors in December 1984 in Nanaimo.

The past three decades have been a rewarding and energizing experience and we look forward to continuing our growth over the next twenty years and beyond.

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Our first store opened in Nanaimo, BC

Country Grocer (then called Food Country) first opened in Nanaimo, BC in August 1984 as an independent store buying from a wholesaler.

We developed our business with a key set of values in mind. First and most importantly, our customers would receive the best in meats, seafood and fresh produce with a wide variety of quality foodstuffs and grocery items at reasonable prices.

Secondly, Country Grocer would provide support to community groups, sports teams, and local charities in the neighbourhood surrounding our stores. Furthermore, our staff would be committed to getting to know our customers better in order to deliver on their expectations and desires.

Much to our delight, the Nanaimo store was immediately successful and we quickly followed up with a second store in 1986. Located in the Esquimalt Shopping Centre in Victoria, BC the store became the primary grocery retailer for this fast-growing neighbourhood.

In 1997, we saw a unique partnership opportunity to form the Island Independent Buying Group (IIBG). With our three stores (Nanaimo, Esquimalt and Royal Oak), the IIBG included five retailers, serving customers in Greater Victoria and Salt Spring Island.

Through the partnership, we developed a warehouse and delivery system allowing our stores to increase their buying volumes significantly. By being able to stock larger quantities of popular products, we were able to pass along the savings to our customers, which in turn, earned all of our stores stronger loyalty.

Even with our quick growth, we remained committed to our core values, ensuring that selection, service and community support were integrated into the operation and development of all our stores. Our customers appreciated this dedication and continued to reward us with their business.

Over the next few years, we improved our stores through upgrades and renovations.

In 1999, we saw an opportunity to expand our service to the fast-growing up-Island community of Cobble Hill and purchased an existing store to convert into a Country Grocer.

In 2000, we undertook a massive renovation to a larger space in the Royal Oak mall, allowing our store to move into a completely “new” space. The Royal Oak Country Grocer opened with a fresh new look that our customers loved. Thanks to this larger space, we’re able to continue meeting the needs of a growing customer base in this busy neighbourhood.

In 2006, the Lake Cowichan Country Grocer opened its doors to a fresh new grocery store was welcomed to another growing community.

In October 2008, Country Grocer in South Nanaimo opened the doors to a new 40,000 square foot home. This store addition boasts a huge produce department, service meat and seafood counters, a full scratch bakery, a deli and an in-store cafe featuring freshly made soups, sandwiches, and organic coffee. In September of 2009, we celebrated the grand re-opening of Country Grocer Esquimalt. Our newest store on Bowen Road in Nanaimo opened on October 20th, 2012.
We opened our doors to a 45,000 square foot store at 1800 Dufferin Cres built from the ground up. The store includes all the amenities of the South Nanaimo store including a full-service cafe.  


The recipes in our collection proudly come from local Vancouver Island Chef Michael Williams.

Michael creates great tasting recipes that the whole family can prepare and enjoy together.

Michael brings with him years of international experience as an executive Red Seal Chef, and a personal passion for cooking with the natural, local and unprocessed foods found at any Country Grocer. If you wish to see a certain recipe in our database or simply have a suggestion for us, please email your request to  Happy Cooking! 

Store Locations

Esquimalt  250.382.5515
Royal Oak  250.708.3919
Cobble Hill   250.743.5639
Lake Cowichan   250.749.6335
Nanaimo (Chase)   250.753.7545
Nanaimo (Bowen)   250.591.5525
Salt Spring   250.537.4144 

Nutrition Departments

Royal Oak  250.708.3919
Esquimalt   250.382.5515
Cobble Hill   250.743.5639 

Administration and Accounting

4420 West Saanich Rd. Victoria, BC V8Z 3E9

Victoria   250.708.3900
Human Resources   250. 708.3900
Marketing Manager  250.708.3902 

Warehouse & Buying Group

3110 Hope Rd. Chemainus, BC V0R 1K4

Chemainus   250.246.1828