THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 17, 2012 ----Quality Market officially launches Thunder Bay’s first online grocery store…‘Quality Market Online.’
While online grocery shopping has been available in some of Canada’s larger centres for a several years, no one in Northwestern Ontario had embraced the idea…until now!
Heralded by some as “the service that makes life easier,” the Stezenko brothers (owners of Quality Market) felt it was overdue. They began a research project five years ago, but put it on hold to build their new location on Golf Links Road.
Asked the question, ‘Why is this needed in our community?’ David Stezenko answered, “To make life easier for people who don’t have time to shop, and to help those who struggle with mobility. We invite you to a new shopping experience where you can avoid the crowds, save money on gas, and spend more time with your family.
By visiting qualitymarket.ca, consumers can click on the ‘online store’ and enjoy a new kind of grocery shopping experience from the comfort of their home.
Quality Market Online customers will enjoy the same pricing that is found in store, with the added bonus of having the choice to either pick up their completed order…or have it delivered to their home.
Another benefit will be felt in our region’s remote first nation communities.
Quality Market has recently started shipping fresh and healthy food into remote northern communities. Being accepted as an official subsidy supplier for Nutrition North Canada, Quality Market is able to offer a government subsidy to offset the cost of air freight.
After building relationship with their new customers in the north, an hurdle appeared. The catalogue they had developed was not user friendly. For a variety of reasons, it became apparent that an online grocery store would be more workable for everyone in the north.
While they are glad it will have a positive impact for northern customers, Quality Market believes this will be a tremendous service to the people of Thunder Bay.