Farm Boy was founded in December of 1981 by Collette and Jean-Louis Bellemare. The first Farm Boy store was located on Cumberland Street, in the area of Cornwall, Ontario. The first store had an area of 300 square feet and offered only produce to its customers.
In February of 1983, the founders’ brother, Normand, decided to open a second Farm Boy store in Cornwall. The year after, in October, the brothers decided to merge the businesses, as well as expand the range of products that they sold in the stores. Because of this, a Farm Boy supermarket was completed on Sydney St.that offered dairy products, cheese, deli and meat products, as well as fresh produce. This particular store had an area of 5,000 square feet. Not long after, a bulk food section and a bakery were also added to the stores.
By 1992, Farm Boy supermarkets in Cornwall had become a success, allowing the founders to start expanding the business outside of Cornwall and to other Canadian regions. In the same year, a Farm Boy store was opened in the area of Centrum Boulevard. In February of 1996, a Farm Boy store was opened in the area of Nepean. A year after, an additional Farm Boy store was opened at Hillside Plaza. Another store was opened the same year, on Hazeldean Road.
In July of 2003, a Farm Boy supermarket was opened in the area of Blossom Park. Also in 2003, the founders decided to create a Board of Directors that will be responsible for overseeing the company’s direction. In December of 2004, another Farm Boy store opened in the area of Orleans. Two years after, Farm Boy supermarkets opened on Woodroffe Ave.and onBank Street.
In 2007, a Farm Boy supermarket was opened on Terry Fox Driveand in 2011, the newest Farm Boy supermarket was opened on Richmond Road. In 2009, the Board of Directors voted to appoint Jeff York as Farm Boy’s new President. Today, Farm Boy supermarkets continue to offer fresh produce and other food items in all of its stores.
Headquarters: Ottawa, Canada
Ownership Type: Private
Employees: Information not available
Geography: Retail product consumers