Now that you are all settled in after your move to Nanaimo, you’re probably wondering what the best grocery stores in town are. Even if you are just visiting, you won’t always want to eat your meals out at restaurants. Read on as we’ll list the best places to get groceries in Nanaimo, and the pluses of each.


  1. Real Canadian Superstore Nanaimo:
    Located at 6435 Metral Dr, the Real Canadian Superstore is a large grocery store chain owned by President’s Choice. This is a great choice for those who like a familiar brand as you can find it all over Canada!  
  2. Save On Foods Nanaimo:
    Save on Foods is also a familiar face for Western Canadians. This store supports local suppliers and farmers, and also includes a pharmacy within. Find it at 3200 Island Highway North, Country Club.
  3. Quality Foods Nanaimo:
    This is a chain of full-service supermarkets that can only be found on Vancouver Island. At 101-5800 Turner Rd, Northridge, the Nanaimo Quality Foods features a bakery and a famous deli.
  4. Markt Artisan Deli:
    Found at 5281 Rutherford Road, the Markt Artisan Deli is where you should go for quality house made soups, vinaigrettes and sauces, as well as charcuterie, local cheeses and specialty items.
  5. Townsite Grocery:
    With its convenient central location, Townsite Grocery is an easy stop for your weekly shop at 625A Townsite Rd.
  6. Fairview Corner Store:
    This locally owned store is great for a quick stop for a few grocery items as it has a typical corner store inventory. Check it out at 531 Second St.
  7. Mid Island Co-Op:
    Although not a traditional grocery store, the Mid Island Co-Op has the added bonus of a gas bar. Fill up your tank and pick up a few basic items at this convenience store located at 2517 Bowen Road.
  8. H & W Food Country:
    On  116-50 Tenth St, H & W Food and Country offers a wide selection of grocery items for all the needs of the southern Nanaimo residents.
  9. College Grocery & Restaurant:
    This is the perfect place to get a home cooked meal or get the ingredients for a home cooked meal! Find it at 458 Wakesiah Ave.
  10. Suprette Foods:
    At 687 Albert St. in downtown Nanaimo, Suprette Foods offers fresh produce and meat products, and a selection of other grocery items for all meals of the day.

Above are the top ten places to get groceries in Nanaimo. For other options not listed above or specialty items, check out Ye Olde Corner Store for quick items, M & M Meat Shops Nanaimo for meat products, or Man Lee Oriental Food and Gift Shop for specialty Asian ingredients. Happy shopping!