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We just finished off our 60/30 Anniversary Flyer and received a lot of comments and questions from customers wanting to know a little more about Vince’s Market and the history of our company. So here’s our more long-winded story of a small business in a tough industry.
Vince’s Market is an Independent Grocer with three store locations; one each in Sharon, Newmarket and Uxbridge, Ontario. Our history runs deep in the areas we serve as the first Vince’s was actually established in Toronto in 1929 by the Vince family. The Vince brothers moved the location to Sharon in 1956 as an open-air fruit market.
Vince’s Market firmly believes that in order for businesses to be strong, communities must be strong. In reciprocating this, it is up to businesses to give back to the communities they exist in. This being our belief at Vince’s, we commit an annual budget of $40,000 to be put back into the community. This comes by way of Product, Gift Cards, Gift Baskets, and Vince’s Swag or in some special cases Monetary Donations. Our Community Support Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month to decision all requests.
The Vince’s Market Partner Vendor Meeting is held annually in the fall and is an opportunity for us to bring together the entire community of stakeholders in an effort to be transparent and accountable to those people who make our business possible. Never lost on Vince’s is the reality that to be a successful in the competitive grocery business takes a team of committed partners with a shared vision and set of goals. At Vince’s, the priority is the customer – always has been and always will be.
The grocery retail industry continues to welcome new entrants and intense competition from traditional and non-traditional retailers. This has led to independent supermarkets needing to continue to differentiate and provide significant value to the customer’s shopping experience in order to stay relevant and competitive. We have taken this challenge on and have focused our efforts on what we know best; serving as the community grocer with a focus on local. We live, work and play in the communities we serve. We commit to buying locally and promote local farmers and manufacturers, and we give back to the communities which support us. We are so proud to operate in Sharon, Newmarket and Uxbridge – towns with a true sense of community.
So this year I am committed to changing all of that by visiting the greenhouses/garden centres, speaking with seasoned gardeners, learning from my mistakes, and managing my expectations. Fingers crossed. I’m taking advice; so feel free to share by commenting on this blog post or on our Facebook page.
For many decades, Vince’s Sharon often served as the hub for those Newmarket and East Gwillimbury residents to stock up on their way to the cottage and a way to replenish your homes when you return on the Holiday Monday. We are proud that our Newmarket and Uxbridge locations continue that tradition. Holiday shopping at Vince’s is a tradition unto itself and one where the entire Vince’s family comes in to work and support the busy days. We love the energy and excitement that comes with any holiday weekend.
A little trick I’ve learned, is wiping the grill down with limes – the acidity will help clean the grill and leave a great citrus flavor on your beef. I’m a traditional kind of guy and like to simply salt my beef with a course texture sea salt and a light sprinkle of our Vince’s Coterie Spice Rub. These two approaches can make anyone look like a pro!
While I am sure everyone knows that Carmen goes to the market to get fresh produce, we actually procure meat in the same way. I look after the meat departments. Over the years, I have built relationships with many different local meat packers and distributors. Much like produce, it is extremely important to have strong relationships, to ensure you are getting the best quality product at the best possible price.