1993 – Logo Trademarked.
After 7 years, Kin’s legally trademarked its logo, brand name “Kin’s Farm Market” and its motto “We Sell Freshness”, further securing its prominence in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
1994 – The Pinnacle of Prosperity.
Kin’s opened its fourth produce store in Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver. The mall catered to a very affluent West Vancouver neighborhood. Kin’s high-end produce concept was a welcome addition to the mall and surrounding community.
1995 – Manager Partnership Program.
With the goal of providing a rewarding long-term career to its store managers, Kin’s introduced a Manager Partnership Program under which store managers may become a business partner of Kin’s Farm Market. This program was tested with much success as Kin’s opened its fifth store at Royal City Shopping Centre in New Westminster.
1996 – Head Office.
To accommodate the needs of its growing business, Kin’s acquired an 8,000 square foot premise on Horseshoe Way in Richmond to house its head office, operations, and distribution centre. At the same time, Greenfield Produce Ltd. was established to handle all the procurement and distribution aspects of the business.
1997 – One Kin’s per City? No Way.
With its continued business success and the high demands experienced in Richmond, Kin’s opened another location in Richmond Centre. With the participation of another store manager in the Manager Partnership Program, Kin’s opened a second store in Burnaby at Lougheed Town Centre.
2000 – Expanding Our Reach.
For the first time, Kin’s expanded its business beyond the Greater Vancouver area to the Fraser Valley. Its first store opened in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley.
2001 – Kin’s Progress Fund and Accelerated Expansion.
Kin’s introduces an employee incentive plan, “Kin’s Progress Fund”, to encourage employee savings and planning. In addition, Kin’s Farm Market opens an additional three stores in the same year: Coppersmith Corner – Richmond, Lynn Valley Shopping Centre- North Vancouver, and Champlain Square – Vancouver.
2002 – More Space.
More Support. Kin’s continued store expansion meant an increasing need for more back-end employees and office space. Subsequently, the head office/distribution centre expanded into an adjacent unit and a major renovation added a mezzanine office floor resulting in an increase of over 8,000 sf.
2003 – Evolution.
In 2003, another three stores opened: Strawberry Hill in Surrey, Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, and City Square in Vancouver. A new store design was created by the late Rob Kay that brought a new level of sophistication to Kin’s Farm Market.
2004 – Kin’s Goes Downtown.
In 2005, Kin’s was able to successfully penetrate the downtown core. Our 18th store, opened its doors in the heart of downtown on Davie Street, on August 31, 2004. In addition, South Point Annex in South Surrey opened to service the White Rock area.
2005 – Kin’s Franchisee Program.
Kin’s introduces the Franchise Program to the public in 2005. Within one year, three of our corporate stores transferred ownership to a franchisee. Kin’s Farm Market opened two additional stores in Central City Shopping Centre and Guildford Town Centre.
2006 – Fusion Gourmet.
Partnering with Motion Foods Inc. and Kay Designs, Kin’s Farm Market introduced its very own Kin’s Produce derived products under the brand name of “Fusion Gourmet”. The first product, cranberry sauce, was made available at all Kin’s Farm Market locations in time to celebrate the Christmas season.
2007 – New Office, New Cities, New Goals.
Kin’s Farm Market outgrew their supporting centre again! This time, we moved to a much larger space just down the street. Our headquarters now occupy over 27,000sf. Our president’s new goal is for Kin’s Farm to expand to over 200 stores across Canada in the next 15 years. The process has already begun as the company ventures into uncharted territories with our first store in Toronto that is scheduled to open this October.
2008 – Kin’s Advisory Board and First Franchisee Conference.
The Advisory Board was formed in 2008 to provide our President and Board of Directors with guidance on the company’s vision and direction. Accomplished professionals and entrepreneurs in the area of retail and consulting compose this board. Kin’s also reached another milestone in 2008 by holding its first Franchisee Conference in early May. This conference was developed in order to enhance Kin’s Franchisees’ management skills.
2009 – Achieving New Heights.
Kin’s Farm Market’s founders Kin Wah Leung, Kin Hun Leung, and Queenie Chu were awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) in the category of business to consumers. The EOY is one of the most prestigious business awards in North America. Another exciting event that took place in 2009 was the creation of Kin’s mascot Farmer Kin. Farmer Kin has been a huge success in making fruits and veggies more attractive to children.
2010 – Building a Stronger Brand.
2010 was an exciting year for those living in BC as the Winter Olympics was hosted in Vancouver. Kin’s Farm Market has the great opportunity to sponsor Richmond-born Olympic snowboarder Alexa Loo, through the sales of Alexa inspired grocery bags. This campaign was a huge success in strengthening the Kin’s brand as it was featured in numerous media outlets namely the New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, CBC News, Fox Radio, and many more.
2011 – Going Green.
Many companies around the world are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint and move towards more sustainable business practices. In 2011, Kin’s has made huge advancements in becoming a more eco-friendly company. We have changed the light bulbs in all of our stores to more energy efficient LEDs, as well as intorudcing a new organic waste disposal system. Kin’s is also working with the David Suzuki Foundation to promote using reusable bags instead of plastic. Together, we managed to save a million plastic bags and 2 cents from each bag saved was donated to the Foundation.
2012 – Kin’s turns 25!
Kin’s Farm Market celebrates their 25th year in business this year. Many celebrations were had throughout the year, while supporting the Canadian Cancer Society. While all out BC stores celebrated this important milestone in August, the biggest celebration was held at Kin’s first retail location – Blundell Centre in Richmond.
2013 – A Royal Reward.
In February 2013, Kin Wah Leung was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal because of his achievements through Kin’s Farm Market in the past 25 years. This award is commemorative metal created in 2012 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Elizabeth 11’s accession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms. It honored significant contributions and achievements by Canadians to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years.
2014 – New Generation of Stores.
2014 brought a new wave of Kin’s stores, beginning with our Denman location in October, to be followed by two additional stores in the following year. Our Denman store marked out second location of vibrant downtown Vancouver.