Welcome Home to Kardish

Are you looking for food, products and solutions for a healthier life?  At Kardish, we have a better life in store. And with seven locations across Ottawa, there is a Kardish Health Food Centre near you!

Our clean and modern stores offer a wide selection of specialty health and bulk foods, gluten-free products, natural health and beauty aids, vitamins, and other natural health supplements. Whether you’re starting down a healthier path or have been traveling it for years, Kardish welcomes you.

We believe that what sets Kardish apart is our open and supportive atmosphere and attentive and knowledgeable staff. Kardish hires and trains health enthusiasts who are passionate and educated about the food and products we sell. Nutritionists, personal trainers, culinary experts, and dietary specialists all play an important role in providing expert service and up to date information to our customers.

We offer regular product sampling at our store locations, as well as special events, monthly seminars, and our wellness blog also provides timely and helpful information. It has never been more convenient to improve your well-being and that of your family!

A Family Store-y

Kardish has a rich Ottawa history dating back to 1979. Kardish’s current owners, Robert and Carey Assaf, grew up in Ottawa and worked alongside their father, Michael, in a Kardish store the family owned. Throughout the years, the two brothers played various roles in the family business, eventually acquiring full ownership of the company in 2010.

Since then, they have worked together to grow the company in the region with the goal to support growing families with the best quality health food products available. True to their roots, Robert, Carey, and their team members continue to be involved in the community, always seeking new ways to foster awareness and engagement on community and individual health issues.

Now with more than 70 team members and a dynamic management team, Kardish is the largest health food retailer in the Ottawa area.

Our Awards

Community Recognition:

Kardish Health Food Centre owners Rob and Carey Assaf have been recognized for retailing excellence and as community-minded young achievers by both the local business community and the Canadian Health Food Association.

A selection of their awards include:

2016 - Carey Assaf - Forty Under 40 Award: Kardish co-owner Carey Assaf, was honoured by the business community by being selected as a Forty Under 40 Award winner. Forty Under 40 is one of the most sought-after and distinguished business awards for young business leaders in the National Capital Region. The Forty Under 40 Awards are jointly organized by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade.

2015 Canadian Health Food Association Brock Elliott Award for Excellence in Retailing: Presented in memory of one of the pioneers of retailing in the health food industry, this National award is given to a natural products retailer for overall business excellence. In 2015, this award was presented to Kardish owners Rob and Carey Assaf in front of their peers, by the Canadian Health Food Association at the annual CHFA - East Conference in Toronto.

2014 Ottawa Business Journal Employee's Choice Award: In December 2014, Kardish Health Food Centre was proudly presented with the OBJ Employee’s Choice Award as an outstanding local business. Each year, ten deserving Ottawa companies, across sectors from high tech to retail, are recognized as outstanding workplaces and local employers. Kardish was honoured to receive this award on behalf of their team.

2014 BOB's (Best Ottawa Business) Award: The Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) recognize the most successful and innovative companies and business leaders who are driving economic growth and prosperity in the nation's capital. Kardish Health Food Centre was delighted to be recognized with this prestigious award, presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Board of Trade.

2014 Robert Assaf - Forty Under 40 Award: Forty Under 40 is one of the most distinguished business awards for young business leaders in the National Capital Region. Kardish President and Co-owner Robert Assaf proudly accepted this award and was honoured to be recognized as one of the region's most successful and community minded executives. The Forty Under 40 Awards are jointly organized by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade.

Our Team Members

We believe that what sets Kardish apart is our open and supportive atmosphere and attentive and knowledgeable staff. Kardish hires and trains health enthusiasts who are passionate and educated about the food and products we sell. Nutritionists, personal trainers, culinary experts, and dietary specialists all play an important role in providing expert service and up to date information to our customers.

Customer testimonials

A Better Life in Store

Our Satisfaction Guarantee

We stand behind our products and guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase, simply return it (with your receipt) within 90 days and we’ll gladly refund your money. We want our valued customers to try new and exciting products, free of any risk, so we encourage you to keep this offer in mind while shopping at our stores.

Our Price Match Policy

As a local, family-run business, we do our best to provide amazing products at great prices. If on the occasion you do find a lower everyday price at another local Ottawa-based health food retailer or on their website, please let us know, and we will be happy to match it. Price match retailers listed below:

Well.ca, Rainbow Foods, Bulk Barn, Natural Food Pantry, Terra 20, Pantry Plus, Herb & Spice, Market Organics

Kardish Rewards

Kardish offers a generous membership rewards program that serves tens of thousands of Kardish customer. Kardish Rewards members receive exclusive promotions, special offers and, of course, REWARDS!

Your free membership includes:
  • A $10 reward for every 350 points earned (earn one point for every dollar spent, before tax)
  • Special access to VIP events
  • “Members only” shopping events:  Kardish holds wildly popular Member Appreciation Days. On these special days, Kardish Rewards members receive a 20% discount on all purchases made in store!

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