In international cuisine, one name stands out as a culinary institution and a cherished community hub: Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Houston, USA. As this beloved Mediterranean superstore marks its 40th anniversary, it's not just a milestone; it's a testament to the enduring power of exceptional food and a dedication to community.
A Family Legacy and a Growing Future
Phoenicia Specialty Foods was founded in 1983 by Arpi and Zohrab Tcholakian, who recognised the need for quality Mediterranean groceries and cuisine. Their journey began with Arpi's Deli but quickly expanded as customers started requesting the hard-to-find spices used in their dishes and other retail goods.
Today, Phoenicia offers over 25,000 products from more than 50 countries, reflecting the diverse tapestry of Houston's cosmopolitan culture.
This family-owned business has deep roots in the community. Arpi and Zohrab still work every day, but their grown children join them - Raffi, Haig, and Ann-Marie - who grew up in the business and are now integral to the team. Many Phoenicia Foods staff members have been with the Tcholakians for decades, creating a close-knit and dedicated family atmosphere.
The legacy of Phoenicia goes beyond the store walls. Thanks to online ordering and nationwide shipping, their delectable offerings are now available to customers nationwide, including those in remote areas with limited access to Mediterranean culinary delights.
The company has also expanded its wholesale operations, supplying specialty products to more restaurants in the Southwest. Plus, they've made it even easier for their local customers by introducing curbside pickup and local delivery at some stores.
The Tcholakians' commitment to community extends to charitable contributions totalling over $1,000,000 to arts and cultural, educational, and human-services organisations over the 40 years of Phoenicia Specialty Foods' existence. It's not just a grocery store; it's a cultural foodie experience that the Tcholakian family is ready to share with their growing fan base for many years.
As they celebrate their 40th anniversary, it's not just a milestone; it's a testament to the enduring power of exceptional food and dedication to the community.
Congratulations to Phoenicia Specialty Foods on 40 wonderful years.
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