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West Shore grocer excited to help grow community at Royal Bay

Stop by for Appy Hour daily deals, a latté or a pint, and meet your neighbours!
Quality Foods staff at the grand opening of the Royal Bay store in May 2023. Taryn Liebholz photo.

It was pretty fitting that the first people to pull up a bar stool at the fully licensed Perk Avenue Café inside Royal Bay Quality Foods were the construction workers who’d built the brand new community hub.

Why? Perk Avenue Café was designed to be a community building space, inside the community-focused grocery store Quality Foods. So when the store hosted its grand opening in May 2023, it was a good sign that construction workers putting the finishing touches on Royal Bay’s Commercial Commons (in other words, literally building the community) put down their tools and picked up a cold one at the brand new community hub.

“We’re very excited to help grow Royal Bay. We’ve always focused on being a neighbourhood grocery store, and we love getting involved in the small communities we serve, so it made perfect sense that we’d become the hub for this brand new community,” says Justin Schley, Vice President of Quality Foods.

Now that most of the road and building construction is complete, those who live, work and play in Royal Bay get to build relationships and community — and a lot of that happens at Quality Foods.

“We first tried Perk Avenue in our Port Alberni store in 1995, and it became so popular we soon put a cafe into all of our stores,” says Dianna Rivard, who was the first employee hired at the first Quality Foods, and has been with the company ever since. “Community groups started using Perk Avenue as a meeting place — in fact we actually had to open the store earlier so the running and walking groups could get their coffee. And then we even hosted a wedding, because the couple first met at Perk Avenue!”

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Like a reliable neighbour, Quality Foods is there

  • When you don’t know what’s for dinner: Don’t know what to cook, or want some company while you eat? Pick up freshly made sushi or a hot meal from the Chinese Kitchen to dine in store or bring home for the family.
  • When you forgot to pick up milk on your commute: Minutes from home, and finally remembered that your partner asked you to pick up a few things? Just off Metchosin Road, Quality Foods is an easy pit stop on your way to or from work.
  • When you want an affordable treat: The Quality Foods Appy Hour daily deals are available all day long, offering extreme discounts on a different item each day. The best way to know what’s on special is through the QF App, where you can also create your very own My Daily Special.

Find Royal Bay Quality Foods in The Commons at Royal Bay on Latoria Boulevard, open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. To shop online, find the latest flyer and learn more about the store, visit

Enjoy a hot and fresh meal from the Chinese Kitchen at Quality Foods Royal Bay — take dinner home to your family or eat in store at the comfortable Perk Avenue Café! Taryn Liebholz photo