It all started with a dream.
In 1980 David Foster identified the need for a modern supermarket on Grand Cayman.
In 1980, David Foster identified the need for a modern supermarket on Grand Cayman that provided quality food and a larger selection of items at a lower cost. With the help of his mother, Alta, and brother, Steve, the trio opened Foster’s Food Fair. Foster’s food fair airport store opens with less than 6,000 sq ft and 25 employees.
1980 : Foster’s food fair airport store opens.
In December 10th 1980, Foster’s Food Fair Airport store opens with less than 6,000 sq ft and 25 employees. In 1983 Foster’s Food Fair Airport Store is expanded to approximately 20,000 sq ft. 10 years later in 1993, Foster’s Food Fair Airport Store is again expanded. 2004 – September 20 – The Airport store temporarily opens in old warehouse space with salvaged registers and coolers. 2013 – Airport Store renovations begin. 2014 – Airport Store renovations are completed. 2017 – Airport Store renovations to expand the kitchens and make the perishable departments more customer friendly
1982 : Industrial Park Warehouse is built.
The Industrial Park Warehouse is built with approximately 14,400 sq ft to serve as a wholesale distribution center, or Cash ‘n Carry. In 1983 Foster’s Food Fair Airport Store is expanded to approximately 20,000 sq ft.
1985 : The Greenery opens.
In 1985, A second store, The Greenery, opens in West Bay with 3,750 sq ft. In 1987, The Greenery is expanded to approximately 8,500 sq ft. 1989 The Greenery is again expanded to 14,400 sq ft. And in 1996 Construction begins on the Strand to replace the Greenery.
1997 : The Strand opens.
The 21th August 1997, The Strand opens with 32,500 sq ft. In October 16th, The Strand Pharmacy opens. 2005 – March 3 – The newly renovated Strand opens after a 6 month post Hurricane Ivan closure.
1999 : Republix Plaza opens.
In 1999 Republix Plaza opens. After the Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Republix Plaza re-opens with limited equipment and no air-conditioning. 2005 – March 3 – Republix Plaza officially opens after 5 months of simultaneous renovation and continued operation. 2008 – October 22 – The newly renovated and expanded Republix Plaza opens, increasing the total square footage to 33,000 sq ft.
1999 : Foster’s Food Fair joins the IGA Group of Grocers
Foster’s Food Fair joins the IGA Group of Grocers and is renamed Foster’s Food Fair – IGA. In 2000, Fosters Food Fair IGA celebrates 20 years in business. And IGA wins IGA International Retailer of the Year. 2003 – 2005 – Foster’s Food Fair IGA celebrates 25 years in business. 2010 – December 10 – Foster’s Food Fair IGA celebrates 30 years in business.
1999 : Fort Street Market opens.
In 1999 Fort Street Market opens in town to serve the businesses downtown and tourists.
2004 : Hurricane Ivan
In 2004 Hurricane Ivan hits Grand Cayman with category 4-5 winds. David, Chi Chi, Woody, Tanya, John, William, and three dogs take shelter in the store. The Airport Center roof caves in and destroys equipment. The Strand and Republix floods with sea water, and Republix floods and loses all equipment and generators.
2004 - September 15th : Hundreds of customers line up outside the Airport Center.
Hundreds of customers line up outside the Airport Center to receive free food and water. RCIPS assists by maintaining control, and approximately 200 staff members show up for work.
2005 : Priced Right opens at the Airport Center.
In 7th May 2005, Priced Right opens at the Airport Center.
2006 : Foster’s Express at Morritt’s Shopping Centre opens in East End.
In April 21th 2006 , Foster’s Express at Morritt’s Shopping Centre opens in East End.
2006 – November 15 : Foster’s Food Fair IGA at Countryside Shopping Village opens in Savannah.
In November 15th, Foster’s Food Fair IGA at Countryside Shopping Village opens in Savannah. 2016 – Savannah store renovations to expand the back of house and produce department.
2012 : Bay Market opens in Camana Bay.
2012 – March 15 – Bay Market opens in Camana Bay. A gourmet, specialty foods store with a focus on organic and natural foods. Features prepared meals and offers the Islands largest gourmet cheese selection. 2015 – Bay Market renovates and expands the coffee and juice bar, kitchen prep area, and installs new equipment.
2012 – September 21 : Foster’s Distribution Center moves to new location.
2012 – September 21 – Foster’s Distribution Center moves to new location at 53 David Foster Drive in 75,00 sq. ft. purpose built warehouse. Administrative offices move to new location at 53 David Foster Drive.
Foster's IGA wins IGA International Retailer of the Year.
In 2000, 2007 and 2014, Foster’s Food Fair – IGA wins IGA International Retailer of the Year.