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2022 inductee

Jean-Louis Bellemare

Jean-Louis Bellemare founded Farm Boy as a small produce store in 1981 with his future wife, Colette, in Cornwall, Ont. He was just 18 years old at the time. His brothers Normand and Daniel helped the business expand from a small Cornwall operation into the Ottawa market with the opening of eight locations, between 1992 and 1997. Empire Company Ltd. acquired the grocer for $800 million in 2018. Bellemare was a 2020 Golden Pencil recipient