TORONTO, ON — An independently owned Conception Bay North grocery chain received a national honour last week at an industry conference in Toronto.
Powell's Supermarket took home the Arnold Rands Heritage Award, handed out as part of the Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards. The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) event was held Oct. 24, the last day of the Grocery Innovations Canada 2017 conference. The award is presented annually to a multi-generational store owned and operated by the same family in the same community for at least 35 years.
Powell's qualifications for the award are considerable. Herbert J. Powell opened a retail store in Carbonear in 1948 and, following some initial success, he elected to relocate with his family to Bay Roberts in 1955 to open Conception Bay North's first supermarket. Powell's later opened two more stores in Carbonear and Harbour Grace, both of which still operate today along with the Bay Roberts location.
Herbert's son Dave Powell now serves as the company's president and CEO, with his own sons Dave Jr. and Adam also involved in the family business.
During the awards gala, Powell's Bay Roberts location was inducted into the CFIG Hall of Fame.
A video about the company's history prepared for the awards gala can be viewed on the Powell's Supermarket Facebook page.