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The 49th Parallel Grocery stores are owned and operated by Wayne and Harmina Richmond. The Richmond’s purchased the 49th Parallel Grocery store in Ladysmith in August of 1977. The store was approximately 40 years old and totaled 3,000 square feet. In 1989, a new store was constructed next door to the old store and the old one was taken down. The new store is 13,400 square feet and contains all new equipment. The Ladysmith 49th employs over 50 local people. In September 1997, a second store in Cedar, B.C. was opened. The Cedar store is a little larger than the Ladysmith store and was designed with the local community in mind. This store increased our total employee support to over 220 people.


In 2002, Wayne and Harmina took over operation of the 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Chemainus, which had been owned and operated by Ron and Nelly Neubauer. (Nelly is Harmina’s sister) since 1985. All three 49th stores are operated as a family business with all family members actively involved.


Wayne Richmond has an extensive background in the grocery industry. At the age of 16, he began his career as a stock clerk at the Duncan Super Valu. Before he graduated from high school, he was promoted to Produce Manager. Wayne worked for this company for nine years. In 1966, Wayne went to work for a grocery chain called Shop Easy, where he gained further managerial and operations experience. During his 7 years with this company, Wayne held the position of Produce Manager, Assistant Manager, Store Manager and Total Store Supervisor. As a Total Store Supervisor, he was responsible for six Lower Mainland stores and several Interior B.C. stores. In 1973, Wayne accepted a position with K & R Foods in Duncan, as a Produce Buyer and Merchandiser. In 1975, Harmina accepted a position as a General Stock Clerk with K & R as well. She was responsible for ordering, pricing, and stocking, imported foods, baby foods and spices.


In 1977, Wayne and Harmina formed the company Har-Way Holdings and purchased the 49th Parallel Grocery Ltd. in Ladysmith. They have not looked back since.


The 49th Parallel Grocery - That's where it's at!

49th Parallel Group

Aside from our four full service grocery stores including Meats & Deli, General Grocery, Fresh Produce, and Bakery departments servicing Cedar, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Duncan the 49th Parallel Group also operates:

Bloooms Flower Shoppe

Blooms At The 49th, your trusted local florist in Ladysmith, offers professionally designed flower arrangements and floral gifts to fit any occasion. We can help you find the perfect flowers and deliver them throughout Ladysmith and the surrounding area. Our network of trusted florists even offer floral delivery nationwide! Need to send a last-minute gift? Don’t worry! Blooms At The 49th offers same-day flower delivery throughout Ladysmith. 

Bloooms Flower Shop
Address: 1020 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A5
Phone: (250) 245-3344
Hours: 9AM–5PM
Bloooms Ladysmith: (250) 245-3344
Bloooms Cedar: (250) 722-7010
Bloooms Chemainus: (250) 246-3551


49th Garden Centre
Address: 1020 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A5
Hours: 7:30AM–5PM
Phone: (250) 245-3221

49th Parallel Printers

49th Parallel Printers is the official printer for the 49th Parallel Grocery chain. We provide Ladysmith and the surrounding mid-Vancouver Island area with a full colour, digital, Xerox Copy Center. Come and see us for all your printing needs—we offer competitive rates, without having to go out of town.


Going Green? Try our Riso colour printer for large, environmentally-friendly and reasonably-priced copy jobs. This machine uses soy based inks and works best with 100% recycled paper.

Address: 940 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A5
Facebook: @49thparallelprinters
Phone: (250) 245-1200
Hours: 9AM–5PM



The 49th Cafe

Ladysmith's newest Cafe, we are part of the 49th Parallel Grocery - a staple in the community since 1977. Our Cafe offers specialty coffees and premium teas, fresh sandwiches, soups, treats, and sushi made in-store by our deli, bakery, and sushi chef. With forty seats including an upper mezzanine, we have a great location to sit and watch the world go by, conduct a business meeting, or catch-up with an old friend. Free WiFi, flatscreen tvs, fireplaces and a friendly staff make The 49th Cafe a great destination. We'll see you there!

Address:1020 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A5
Facebook: @the49thcafe
Hours: 7:30AM-6PM
Phone: (250) 245-3221

49th Bargain Bin & Dollar Store

We sell gently used clothing, household products, books and furniture and many many other items.

Address: 3A-1824 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9X 1H9
Hours: 10AM-5PM
Facebook: @49thBargainBinAndDollarStore
Phone: (250) 323-8058