Community Natural Foods was founded by the Wilkes brothers in 1977. They began promoting the store before the doors had opened by travelling to the Midnapore Fair making dairy-free, no added sugar ‘ice-cream,’ and running frozen bananas through a Champion Juicer. By the time the store opened on 11th Avenue SW (above where The Keg restaurant is today), a customer base had already been established! The brothers grew their company with the idea of providing Calgarians with natural foods at great prices. The business flourished as discerning customers found delicious alternatives to the artificial ingredients found at conventional supermarkets.
As the organic revolution began full force, the store outgrew its 11th Avenue location and moved to the corner of 14th Street and 10th Avenue SW (now a lighting store). Consumer demand later led Community to move into the current location just less than a block away at what is now our 10th Avenue market. In 2000, Community expanded yet again to open the Chinook Station Market at 202 – 61 Ave SW and we now also have a stall at the Kingsland Farmers’ Market in the SW.
Community continues to expand and we welcome your feedback on the location of our next store. Why not join our team on our organic journey!