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Country Grocer

Our roots go back to 1984 when Wally Large and Henry Zwynenburg founded Nanaimo’s Food Country. In 1986, Peter Cavin and spouse Laura Cavin, launched Mr. Grocer in the Victoria community of Esquimalt, a store in Royal Oak followed the next year.

After working together for a decade, our three groups came together formally in 1997 to create the Island Independent Buying Group, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Chemainus that allowed us to take advantage of greater buying power. For customers, that has meant access to more products and more competitive pricing.

Celebrating over three decades on Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island, family-owned and operated Country Grocer has earned a reputation as a truly local company with a deep commitment to our local communities and to the Island’s farmers, growers and producers.

Peter Cavin

Director, Island Independent Buying Group, DBA Country Grocer

Board Member

Born and raised in Victoria BC and involved in the business as an owner for 37 years working in various roles. He has been past Chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

Head Office

4420 West Saanich Rd.

Victoria, BC V8Z 3E9