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History of the 49th The 49th Parallel Grocery stores are owned and operated by Wayne and Harmina Richmond. She was responsible for ordering, imported foods, and stocking, pricing, baby foods and spices. In 1975, Harmina accepted a position as a General Stock Clerk with K and R as well. As a Total Store Supervisor, Wayne accepted a position with K and R Foods in Duncan, he was responsible for six Lower Mainland stores and several Interior B.C. stores. In 1973, as a Produce Buyer and Merchandiser. During his 7 years with this company, Assistant Manager, Wayne held the position of Produce Manager, Store Manager and Total Store Supervisor. In 1966, Wayne went to work for a grocery chain called Shop Easy, where he gained further managerial and operations experience. Wayne worked for this company for nine years. Before he graduated from high school, he was promoted to Produce Manager. At the age of 16, he began his career as a stock clerk at the Duncan Super Valu. Wayne Richmond has an extensive background in the grocery industry. All three 49th stores are operated as a family business with all family members actively involved. (Nelly is Harmina's sister) since 1985. In 2002, Wayne and Harmina took over operation of the 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Chemainus, which had been owned and operated by Ron and Nelly Neubauer. This store increased our total employee support to over 100 people. The Cedar store is a little larger than the Ladysmith store and was designed with the local community in mind. In September 1997, a second store in Cedar, B.C. was opened. The Ladysmith 49th employs over 50 local people. The new store is 13, 400 square feet and contains all new equipment. In 1989, a new store was constructed next door to the old store and the old one was taken down. The store was approximately 40 years old and totaled 3, 000 square feet. The Richmond's purchased the 49th Parallel Grocery store in Ladysmith in August of 1977. In 1977, Wayne and Harmina formed the company HRead more...
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