Our story. Rabba Fine Foods.
Ever since our humble beginnings over forty years ago, Rabba Fine Foods has had a proud history of bringing the highest quality food to our customers with a friendly, more personal touch. It is with this simple but unwavering mentality that we have been able to expand our service and selection to over 30 locations within the GTA. Even with the expansion of our business, we have always prided ourselves with having the ability to fully retain that same personal interaction and helpfulness that any customer would want from their local neighbourhood market in a small, friendly European style store.
At Rabba, we take one thing very seriously: value. We value your time, and we value your business. Because we value your time, we make things at our stores as convenient as they can be, and that means:
1. Being close by and in your neighbourhood
2. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
3. Full shopping selection, day or night
4. Lottery Centre
5. Automated Banking Machines
6. Home Ready Meals
7. Everything else you expect from your neighbourhood store
Our history. Canadian-owned. Family-operated.
It all started in the 60’s when Jack Rabba established himself as a small grocery store operator in Toronto in 1967. He had no way of knowing that his dedication, drive, and perseverance would eventually establish Rabba Fine Foods as an influential name in the Canadian retail industry. Yet, more than 50 years later, Rabba continues to grow and expand, still building on the foundation established by Jack when he opened the first location. Variety Food Fair, forerunner of Rabba Fine Foods, was a small grocery store located at Charles and Balmuto in downtown Toronto.
In the 1980’s the retail marketplace was changing dramatically and the needs of those living in the GTA were becoming more sophisticated. The early years of Variety Food Fair had shown that Toronto needed a combination of convenience, freshness and selection all in one store. As a result of Toronto’s changing needs, the very first “Rabba Fine Foods” store was opened – a fabulous, state of the art store at a prestigious location, on Queen’s Quay, at Toronto’s waterfront.
That was the beginning of the Rabba stores we see today: bright, accessible, local markets that offer customers all of their grocery needs in one convenient location. From the beginning, Rabba emphasized its commitment to offering exceptional service, value, product selection and quality and convenience. Rabba’s customers continue to enjoy great selection, quality, freshness, convenience and service that is second to none. Today, there are over 30 Rabba Fine Foods locations and it remains a family run operation.
With the emergence of the second generation of family members, Rabba Fine Foods is ushering in a whole new era of spectacular service and quality for its stores. With this new evolution, they are entering a truly exciting time: one that keeps a firm eye on the future while never forgetting the mindset of the past, ensuring a great shopping experience for all customers, both old and new, for years to come.
In the community. Giving back and helping out.
Rabba Fine Foods is proud to be involved in our neighbourhoods and communities. We support local schools, sports teams, hospitals and other organizations.
Each January we review our current participation and select the organizations and charities we will support for the coming year. We welcome written requests from everyone interested (attention: Customer Service or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Our involvement extends to literally hundreds of groups.
In addition, Rabba’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament has become a very special event on our calendar. It provides a great opportunity to get involved – our supplier representatives, employees and friends join together to support us, raise funds and have fun.
Every year, we also contribute substantial amounts to our primary charities: The Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Sunshine Dream for Kids, Hospital for Sick Children and the Mississauga Food Bank.