How It Started
Bruce’s Market was opened on April 2, 1948 by Bruce and Elnora McEachern and is still owned and operated by the McEachern family. The store was originally opened to provide a retail venue to sell fish caught by their fishing fleet. Initially the store also sold staple dry goods, apples and oranges. As the years progressed and demand increased other products were added to their shelves eventually making the store a “go to” destination for the Albion and Haney communities.
Our family have been commercial fishermen for five generations and we now operate a fleet of family owned salmon gillnet boats, a processing plant, and our own smokehouses. Today Bruce’s Market fish boats work from the Fraser River to the east and west coast of Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert bringing our customers “Ocean to You” fresh fish products.
Bruce’s salmon gained a reputation as being some of the best on the West Coast so it was only natural for us to look for new customers and markets to sell our products. One of the most popular items was the smoked salmon and with the success of the smokehouse we expanded our services to offer custom smoking and dressing for customer caught fish. As our reputation grew, we decided to produce, package and sell other salmon products under our own Bruce’s label.
We realized in the late 80’s that our current retail store was not big enough to supply the demands of the growing Maple Ridge community, so the decision was made to build a new store, distinctive in style and also with room to grow. We opened the store in 1996 featuring an extensive seafood counter, deli section, vegetable section, dairy case, groceries and gifts.
In our produce section, we focus on sourcing and selling local products from lower mainland growers and farms, giving us far more
Over the years we have added many new products and services especially organic foods and now have a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily. Our dinner specials have proven to be so popular we have added evening take out. The success of the deli and restaurant also prompted us to prepare in house a lot of the items we sell, using wholesome ingredients that are healthy and still taste great.
In the last decade we have expanded our Bruce’s Market branded product line and ship Bruce’s goods all over North America. We are very aware of our customers wants and needs and are continually sourcing new products to add to our shelves. We concentrate on finding local producers, artisans and small batch producers to grow not only our business but theirs as well.
Bruce’s Market is still a family owned business, and we look forward to serving Maple Ridge, the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland for many years to come.
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23963 Lougheed Hwy.
Maple Ridge, BC, V2W 1J1