Kardish History

An Ottawa Story

Today, with nine locations across the city of Ottawa Kardish is the largest health food retailer in the area, and is proudly family owned and operated.

Kardish’s story is one that has unfolded over nearly four decades.   As the natural health product industry continues to evolve, Kardish Health Food Centres have evolved with it. 

Brothers David, Harvey and Victor Kardish founded Kardish stores as franchises in 1979 under the name Kardish Bulk Foods.  Known in Ottawa for their extensive quality bulk food selection, Kardish expanded considerably through the franchising structure.

In 1984, Michael Assaf purchased a Kardish franchise located in the Herongate Mall and began a successful 28-year career with Kardish, ultimately owning three Kardish locations within the city.  As teenagers, Michael’s two sons Robert and Carey began working alongside him in the business, and the family eventually purchased Kardish in its entirety.

Upon Michael Assaf’s retirement in 2010, Robert and Carey formed an equal partnership and expanded by opening five locations in five consecutive years, culminating in the latest store opening in Kanata in July of 2015.

After years of evolution, Kardish is no longer just a "bulk food" store. Kardish Health Food Centres are known across Ottawa for clean, well merchandised stores, a wide selection of specialty health foods; gluten free products; health and beauty aids and quality natural health supplements.

With more than 70 outstanding employees, a dynamic management team, modern and integrated store systems, a distribution centre and head office, Kardish Health Food Centre represents the perfect blend of family tradition and modern operations.

Kardish Health Food Centre is committed to meet the growing demand for quality natural health products. Our motto, “A better life in store,” represents the hope for an improved quality of life for people seeking answers to their health challenges through alternative and complementary health practices.

We can’t wait to get to know – and assist – you!