The Salt Spring Mercantile
Salt Spring Mercantile is a destination country market, open 7 days a week, having a mixture of specialty food products, convenience items for locals, and yummy foods to go sold by persons who are knowledgeable, friendly and provide quick service.
The store provides a selection from around 3000 items, similar to the number of products carried by a Trader Joe’s. Because the store does not have the floor space of a supermarket, the store philosophy is to carry two alternatives of any product: one that satisfies the requirements of a budget shopper and one that satisfies the wishes of a specialty shopper. Most of the products in the budget shopper line is supplied by Sobey’s/Thrifty’s independent warehouse while many of our products in the specialty line are supplied by either natural food distributors like PSC/Horizon, Tree of Life or UNFI, or distributors in gourmet products like Lekkar or Dovre Imports.
Retail grocery sales is the largest source of store revenues, but the in house, “made from scratch” items are a growing component of income. All the owners, and the kitchen team, are committed to using the best ingredients, for the purpose of providing the tastiest outcomes. For example, our scones are made with whipping cream, not milk; our hamburger patties are freshly prepared, not frozen; our pizza dough is made in house free hand over three days rather than purchased frozen on a paper platter.
This business plan continues the tradition of the store being the hub of Fulford Village life. A grocery store has existed in this location since 1964, except for the period when Patterson’s closed in Sept. 2011 and the Mercantile opened in April 2012.