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Will Willemsen founded SUNRIPE at 1119 Lakeshore Road, Sarnia with $2,000 cash, a 1978 Ford econoline van and a $10,000 loan from a friend.
Second SUNRIPE location is opened on London Road, Sarnia.
Bought property across the street on Lakeshore in Sarnia and moved the first SUNRIPE store to 1130 Lakeshore Rd, Sarnia.
Hired Fred Ovens, a retired baker to add bakery to Lakeshore SUNRIPE location.
Built an expanded bakery and new LCBO store on the SUNRIPE Lakeshore road property.
Added Meat Shoppe and Delicatessen to the Lakeshore Rd location.
1990 - 1992
Will marries Ingrid and she moves to Canada to help lead SUNRIPE.
London Rd, Sarnia location lease not renewed.
Ingrid and Will welcome Kysa and Ryall, twins, born at St. Josephs, London Ontario
Renovated SUNRIPE Lakeshore Rd. location to add large produce cooler and loading dock.
The Willemsen Family welcomes Mia born at St. Josephs, London Ontario.
Second SUNRIPE location is built at 744 Adelaide St. N, London. (Corner of Oxford St. E. & Adelaide St. N.)
Built new 16,000 square foot SUNRIPE store at 1141 Lakeshore Rd, Sarnia.
Expanded SUNRIPE Adelaide location with new prepared food kitchen.
Third SUNRIPE location is built at 1175 Fanshawe Park Rd, Hyde Park, London
Expanded Sarnia SUNRIPE location with more retail space and new Deli, Kitchen and Meat department work spaces.
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