Our Story

1982

1982

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.

1983

1983

Second SUNRIPE location is opened on London Road, Sarnia.

1984

1984

Bought property across the street on Lakeshore in Sarnia and moved the first SUNRIPE store to 1130 Lakeshore Rd, Sarnia.

1984

1984

Hired Fred Ovens, a retired baker to add bakery to Lakeshore SUNRIPE location.

1985

1985

Built an expanded bakery and new LCBO store on the SUNRIPE Lakeshore road property.

1986

1986

Added Meat Shoppe and Delicatessen to the Lakeshore Rd location.

1990 - 1992

1990 - 1992

Will marries Ingrid and she moves to Canada to help lead SUNRIPE.

1993

1993

London Rd, Sarnia location lease not renewed.

1996

1996

Ingrid and Will welcome Kysa and Ryall, twins, born at St. Josephs, London Ontario

1998

1998

Renovated SUNRIPE Lakeshore Rd. location to add large produce cooler and loading dock.

2001

2001

The Willemsen Family welcomes Mia born at St. Josephs, London Ontario.

2005

2005

Second SUNRIPE location is built at 744 Adelaide St. N, London. (Corner of Oxford St. E. & Adelaide St. N.)

2010

2010

Built new 16,000 square foot SUNRIPE store at 1141 Lakeshore Rd, Sarnia.

2011

2011

Expanded SUNRIPE Adelaide location with new prepared food kitchen.

2016

2016

Third SUNRIPE location is built at 1175 Fanshawe Park Rd, Hyde Park, London

2021

2021

Expanded Sarnia SUNRIPE location with more retail space and new Deli, Kitchen and Meat department work spaces.