Donald’s Market: Supporting Local Suppliers & Greening Operations

Donald’s Market is a local family-owned grocery store owned by three brothers and a friend. The newest of the Donald’s locations is in River Market New Westminster, is run by Eric Siu. At Donald’s Market you won’t find many mainstream brands. What you will find is a focus on providing more local products, economical organics, and environmentally friendly cleaning, and health and beauty products.

Donalds_ByTheNumbersGraphicFileQuestion: How are you supporting other local businesses?

Answer: Donald’s Market will always look to purchase local produce and products with equal prices and quality to what may be available from the US or elsewhere. And because Donald’s is a local, family-owned structure, it’s easier for us to support local producers and suppliers. If someone brings me a new product and I can see it’s something our customers will like, I can get it on the shelves quickly. We love being able to support local made and local grown products in a way that other larger grocery stores wouldn’t be able to do.

Question: How else do you support your local community?

Answer: Unique to Donald’s Market in New Westminster is the ONE program, a partnership with River Market. We give back 1% to the customer AND to the community. At the end of the year, customers who sign-up for the One Program get to vote on which community activity to sponsor or donate the money towards.

Question: How do you support the environment?

Answer: What makes us different from a conventional grocery store is some of the practices that reduce our environmental footprint. All of our stores have compostable meat trays, energy efficient coolers and lighting systems, and make an effort to divert waste from landfills through recycling and composting. Food waste can be a large percentage of waste for grocery stores and we make an effort to keep as much as possible out of the landfill.