Sim Spry, his wife Ashley, and their two children took ownership of the Foodland in Creemore on June 1st, 2019. Sim says it feels like it was a lifetime ago he first took the long winding drive down County Road 9 leading to the beautiful village of Creemore. It wasn’t more than a few minutes of driving down Mill Street and seeing all the tastefully decorated shops and restaurants sprinkled with waves and smiles from the locals that Sim knew this was the perfect place to call home.

Foodland (previously IGA) has been proudly servicing the community of Creemore for decades and had that familiar feel and smell that reminded Sim of the store he used to shop in as a child. A few years later and after a complete top-to-bottom renovation, Spry feels the store has the same homely neighbourhood feel but now with big-city offerings. The store prides itself on being a full-service experience complete with breads and desserts baked fresh daily, hot, and cold ready to eat meals, fresh sliced deli meats and artisan cheeses to go along with fresh high quality locally sourced produce, in-house butchers and a small but mighty grocery department that tries to have whatever you may need. 

At just over 10,000 sq feet, Creemore Foodland is much smaller than your average grocery store, but what the store lacks in size, they make up for in specialized service. 

At our store, you get to speak to the butcher whenever you want, so you can ask for advice, and he can carve you a roast or cut you a steak exactly to your liking. Cutting our own meat in-house allows us to show off our creativity and make customer favourites like store-made sausages, home-made burgers and hand-crafted kabobs. In addition, the small-town friendly neighbourhood feel makes the store so inviting to locals and visitors.

Sim said the company slogan “Fresh Food, Friendly Neighbours” is exactly what appealed to him and how he attempts to operate his business every day. “Bringing fresh quality food to our community is always our top priority,” Sim says, “I am personally grateful every day for the people of Creemore for welcoming me and continuing to support us; without the local community we would not be here so we try to do as much as we can to give back.” 

Foodland heavily focuses on its relationships with its local suppliers and is a huge part of the business. Whether it is New Farms’ delicious organic salads, local honey from local bees, fresh produce from farms we drive by every day, Millers Dairy with their world-famous Jersey milk or any of the other dozens of local suppliers and vendors, Foodland prides itself on being the destination for local. 

Much of his time owning the business has been during pandemic years; Sim is extremely excited for a beautiful summer full of festivals, BBQ’s and, most importantly, visiting with family and friends. Sim hopes anyone who finds themselves in the area will take the time to visit the beautiful village of Creemore and make a quick stop at Foodland for some local products and friendly service! 

187 Mill Street, Creemore, ON
Hours: Mon to Sat: 8am–8pm | Sun: 8am–7pm