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 in many foods sold at conventional supermarkets.
As the organic revolution began in full force, the original 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 relocate to the current location just less than a block away at what is now our 10th Avenue Market & Cafe. In 2000, Community expanded yet again and opened its Chinook Station Market located at 202 - 61 Ave SW. In April 2013, Community opened its third location the Crowfoot Market located at 850 Crowfoot Crescent NW.
Today Community Natural Foods continues its pioneer role while continuing to bring Calgarians quality, healthy natural and organic products through its 3 full format grocery market locations, while Canadians at large can reap the same benefits by buying trusted, quality products through its online store.