This specialty foods franchise got its start in North Vancouver - New Canadian Media
Owner Amir Hosh stands outside Ayoub’s Dried Fruit and Nuts on North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Avenue. The specialty good store that started in North Van now boasts seven locations across the Lower Mainland, with plans to expand further across Canada and into the United States. Photo by: Hamid Jafari

This specialty foods franchise got its start in North Vancouver

Ayoub’s Dried Fruit and Nuts is now up to seven locations after opening its first store on Lonsdale Avenue 15 years ago.

Fifteen years have passed since Ayoub’s Dried Fruits and Nuts opened its first branch on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.

What was once a small business on the North Shore can no longer be considered small, with seven branches across the Lower Mainland and plans to establish physical stores across Canada and possibly in the U.S., alongside an online store that serves customers across Canada.

Establishing a small business often starts with a dream. For owner Amir Hosh, however, that dream has been fulfilled as a means of giving back to the community, city, and country that have contributed so much to his growth and development.

In one of his Instagram posts, he captioned: “We are a small local Vancouver business with big dreams.”

Hosh migrated to Canada with his family about 20 years ago and studied business at Simon Fraser University.

“This is a family business for us,” he said. “My father had this business for around 40 years, and when we moved to Canada as immigrants, we decided that the market is good for high-end quality dried fruits, nuts, and snacks in Vancouver.”


Hamid Jafari is a Vancouver-based New Canadian Media correspondent currently on a work experience placement with Glacier Media. This article was originally published on North Shore News.

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