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Fresh St. Market’s first Vancouver location makes good at Vancouver House  

New location features local food finds, fresh new food style offerings and a nod to neon along with a commitment to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

 February 3, 2020, Vancouver, B.C. – With great excitement, B.C.-based and family owned Fresh St. Market will open its fifth Fresh St. Market and first-ever Vancouver location at Vancouver House at Pacific and Howe on February 7. The new concept market is opening with an intimate sized licensed 50-seat restaurant, the “Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar” and will be donating $5000 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.  
“We are proud to bring a new-concept grocery and restaurant experience to Vancouver that is hyper local while giving back to our local community at the same time,” says Gary Sorensen, President. “At Fresh St. Market, with everything from our local seafood, cheese, curated meats and craft beers, we are bringing the best of British Columbia to the new Beach District in Vancouver. And if you live downtown, we’ll deliver your ocean and farm-to-table groceries, by bicycle.”
The concept for Fresh St. Market at Vancouver House was inspired by the executive and culinary team’s touring of top public markets and eateries across North America.
“This destination brings a public market like experience to what will be a flourishing neighbourhood,” adds Sorenson. “Back in the day, the land under the north end of the Granville St. Bridge was a tow yard. The future of this neighbourhood is vibrant and we can’t wait to welcome everyone into our new Fresh St. Market and Fork Lift restaurant. With cutting edge food purveyors, some you may have never heard of, this is an opportunity for Vancouverites to discover the vast array of local and unique foods we have available to us in British Columbia, all under one roof.”
Each area of Fresh St. Market is an adventure, catapulting the recipe imagination and taste buds of chefs and urbanites alike. Areas of the market include: “Welcome to our Garden in the City” “Howe Sound Seafood” “Pacific Street Deli” “Perk for your Pedal” as well as on staff is a Full-time Cheese Monger (how to choose from all that cheese?!) and the “That’s One Hot Cookie” station with freshly made, warm cookies always being served.
Local food aficionados will appreciate finding Two Rivers Meats from North Vancouver and One Arrow Bacon from Vancouver, Meats from Lepp Farms in Abbotsford, Oyama Meat Co. from Granville Island, and Spice Mantra Curries from Surrey. Coffee lovers will enjoy beans from Lion’s Bay Coffee Company.  
Click and Collect and Bike deliveries
Fresh St. Market wants to make it easy for customers to enjoy their foods. In fact, the mantra at its ‘Click and Collect’ refrigerated locker is, “More Life Less Shop.” So, for customers who prefer to shop online, they have two ways to receive their food. For locals, use your smart phone, get your code and collect right inside the market at the refrigerated lockers. Or, choose bike delivery.
Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar’s instant access to fresh and local
The 50-seat, licensed restaurant offers Beach District residents and visitors an opportunity to pop in and grab a meal before heading down to the Seawall or venturing to a game or show. Led by Director, Fresh Programs – Stu Smith and Executive Chef Sean Roden, customers can dine knowing only the freshest and highest quality ingredients from Fresh St. Market are being used in the menu options.
Menu offerings include:
Fried Pickles, Fresh St. Fries (Choose from – French grey sea salt, mesquite smoked salt, rosemary salt or black truffle salt), Fresh St. Beef Burgers (Chicago style “smashed” AAA Alberta Certified Angus beef, ground in-house daily)
Fresh St. Vegetarian Burger,
Fresh St. Fried chicken with signature buttermilk biscuit
The beverage menu options include a selection of local brews, cider from Left Field Cider Co. in Merritt, and wines from Summerland (Dirty Laundry Vineyard) and Naramata (Joie Farm Winery). As well as Healthy Hooch Kombucha from Abbotsford with certified organic peach apricot rooibos.
Customers can find beer from Vancouver area breweries Bomber Brewing, Main St. Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, R & B Brewing Co. Local brewery lovers will also find Dageraad Brewing from Burnaby, Beere Brewing from North Vancouver, along with Yellow Dog Brewing Co. and Twin Sales Brewing from Port Moody. Certified B-Corporation Persephone Brewing Company from Gibson’s on the Sunshine Coast will also be available.
Commitment to Sustainability
Fresh St. Market’s sustainability manager has been very much part of the planning of this new location. Customers will find a clearly labeled and accessible compost and recycling area to reduce waste.
Additional items of note:

  • When shopping at Fresh St. Market, you can rest assured that each and every seafood item found in the market’s full service case are 100% sustainable and part of Ocean Wise.
  • No single-use plastic grocery bags will be available.

Opening on February 7, 2020, Fresh St. Market will enhance the Vancouver House – Beach District area while offering a second-to-none grocery shopping experience for residents and visitors.


Family-owned, operated and based in British Columbia, Fresh St. Market offers a public market food and shopping experience inspired by top markets and eateries in North America. Inside its five locations, customers will find a a wide variety of locally sourced foods, fresh produce, a significant amount of organic foods, specially curated foods and uniquely dedicated food destinations within the store. Current locations include Marine Drive, West Vancouver, two Surrey locations in Fleetwood Village and Panorama Village, Whistler Village North, and Vancouver House at Howe and Pacific. Additional Fresh St. Market’s are being planned in more B.C. communities with more announcements in the near future. www.freshstmarket.com.

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