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Darryl Sangster

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: SASKATOON SK, Saskatchewan, Canada
2218 Hanselman Ave.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7L 6A4

Company Description: In business since 1971, Sangster's Health Centres are franchised retail outlets that are operated by experienced Nutrition Consultants. Sangster's Health Centres...   more

Employment History

  • President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Vice President Business Development
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Sangster's Organization
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Canadian Franchise Association - 2010 CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising: Call for Entries [cached]
"This award is the largest achievement a franchise system can aspire to win," says Darryl Sangster, President and COO of Sangster's Health Centres and 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the Award of Excellence in Franchising.
Canadian Franchise Association - Sangster's Health Centres Wins Grand Prize in CFA 2009 Award of Excellence in Franchising, 8 May 2009 [cached]
"This award is the largest achievement a franchise system can aspire to win, and it is truly amazing to be recognized as a leading franchise system in Canada. Sangster's Health Centres was founded by my father and his vision and morals of doing business with honour and respect hold true to this day, and this award is a testament as to how Sangster's Health Centres does business," says Darryl Sangster, Sangster's Health Centres President & COO.
Sangster's has come a long way from their roots in Saskatchewan, all the while never straying from their philosophy to "Make Health a Habit".
As a family run, Canadian owned and operated business, Sangster's has found continued success over the past 38 years.
Darryl Sangster President & COO E-mail: Tel: 306-653-4481 ext. 23 or 306-262-6825;
"This award is the largest achievement ..., 10 May 2009 [cached]
"This award is the largest achievement a franchise system can aspire to win, and it is truly amazing to be recognized as a leading franchise system in Canada. Sangster's Health Centres was founded by my father and his vision and morals of doing business with honour and respect hold true to this day, and this award is a testament as to how Sangster's Health Centres does business," says Darryl Sangster, Sangster's Health Centres President & COO.
Sangster's opens first-ever ... [cached]
Sangster's opens first-ever organic market
In a departure from its traditional store model, Sangster's has opened its first-ever organic markets in Saskatchewan
Just over a year ago, Darryl Sangster saw a potentially tremendous business opportunity materialize before his eyes in his very own kitchen at home. Within a year, he had parlayed that "potential opportunity" into four brand new organic market stores in three Saskatchewan cities.
Darryl, a third-generation natural health retailer who is the president and CEO of Sangster's Health Centres based in Saskatoon, SK, came to the realization his company was missing a huge segment of the natural health business when he saw his wife Cindy - just home from food shopping - unpacking the bags, which all sported the logo of one of Sangster's competitors.
Sangster's, which was established by Darryl's dad Roy in 1971, had long been based on a vitamin and supplement store model, with a modest food offering.
And as Darryl watched his wife unpack all the healthy foods from his competitor, he asked himself, 'How many other Cindys are out at Sangster's for their vitamin needs, then buying their healthy foods elsewhere?'
"It struck me that the current Sangster's system was not providing full health to the family," offered Darryl. "We were doing a good job with supplements, but we were not filling all the needs of all the shoppers."
After processing the idea of offering food at Sangster's, the first thing Darryl did was bounce it off his number one sounding board: his wife.
There was another important factor that helped spur Darryl to the idea of launching the Sangster's Organic Market model, and it had to do with the lack of adequate retail spaces available. "It's getting harder to find 600 to 800 sq. ft. locations, which is what has worked extremely well for Sangster's Health Centre's business model. Throughout the last 10 years, developers are no longer building smaller locations, and thus, our business model was beginning to feel pressure to adapt. Most of our stores that have opened within the past 10 years fall into the 1,000 to 1,500 sq. ft. size."
From the time of the initial thought to the time of decision to make the idea a reality was between two to three weeks, recalls Darryl.
As mentioned earlier, Sangster's has traditionally offered some food in its stores. Darryl says, depending upon the franchise operator, a typical Sangster's generally produces about five to 10 per cent of its sales through foods. "The Sangster's Organic Market concept is following a model that incorporates a third of its sales through foods, about half of its sales through supplements (including sports nutrition products), and the remaining sales through natural body care, cleaning products, personal hygiene, infant supplies and pet food."
Today, there are four Sangster's Organic Markets up and running, all in Saskatchewan. Two are in Saskatoon while the other two are located in Prince Albert and North Battleford. One of the Saskatoon stores will serve as the company's flagship, a place to try new things, experiment, bring potential franchisees and offer a place to provide training. This store features a deli - a first for Sangster's - managed by an outside local business, preparing fresh-made sandwiches and salads using hormone-free meats.
How much square footage do you need to operate an organic market? "Ideally," says Darryl, "we are utilizing between 1,500 and 2,000 sq. ft. I do wish to state that Sangster's has never been driven by 'size,' rather, we expand businesses based on the individual business owners understanding...including our own.
When asked if there were challenges finding or building relationships with food suppliers, Darryl replied, "Of course. We had to research, contact and forge some very new relationships, especially with our frozen meats suppliers."
As for delving into the wonderful world of produce, Darryl says it will be up to each individual franchisee to decide.
How many Sangster's Organic Markets we can expect to see in the near future is still up in the air, explains Darryl. "I can tell you that four of the last four stores have opened as Sangster's Organic Market stores, and I can tell you that three of the next four Sangster's are opening as Organic Market stores, but as I explained to my franchise partners at our annual convention, neither business model is better than the other, they are simply different. Both business models incorporate the same procedures, policies, training and systems, both business models offer many of the same products and both business models are in fact Sangster's. The only difference is that one store model is larger than the other, one store has incorporated a wider selection of foods to fill space and offer a larger selection to health conscious customers, and, of course, one has a slightly different store front description, informing the consumer of the type of Sangster's experience to expect when they walk in. Sangster's is our brand - Health Centres and Organic Market are simply descriptors of our retail experience offered inside and Sangster's brand is what our customers have grown to love and trust."
Building opportunities for people
It has been an interesting nine years for both Darryl and Sangster's.
Four years later, Darryl was named president of Sangster's, with Roy retiring from the business.
Two years later, on February 19, 2010, Darryl was successful in purchasing Sangster's Health Centres back from Planet Organic, making the retailer a privately owned family business once again. Later that year, Sangster's acquired Canadian Bio Supplements, a Saskatoon-based manufacturing company, primarily to manufacture Sangster's private label products.
"Four years ago, if someone told me that my wife and I would buy back Sangster's from Planet Organic, purchase a manufacturing facility, develop a second product brand called Canadian Bio, hire a naturopathic doctor to benefit our company, and build an organic business model which is designed to work with - not against - our existing system....I'd say they were nuts. But the reality is, I am fortunate to have a wife who supports me and my crazy ideas and I am fortunate to have surrounded myself with amazing employees who are as energized and motivated as I am to build something fantastic. What's amazing is that we don't even know what the end result will be, all we know is that we are building things which help others, which is in fact causing us to live our motto PPF - Put your Partners First. We are building opportunities for people to enter small business ownership and we are fortunate to be in a 'feel-good' industry that allows us to help people live healthier lives and feel better naturally.
"So, how many stores will we have? I can tell you that if it makes sense, we will do it and that means that I am searching for acquisitions, partners and independent health food business owners who want to join Sangster's and become part of our expanding and supportive business model. Ultimately, I will take my foot off the pedal at 100 outlets within Canada, yet I believe the Canadian market can bear up to 400 Sangster's retail outlets."
A quick Q and A with Darryl Sangster, Sangster's president and CEO
DS: Be it Sangster's Health Centres or Sangster's Organic Market stores...retail staffing is and continues to be a love- hate relationship. I have franchise partners who have very loyal and knowledgeable staff and I have franchise partners who struggle with staff retention. Our company has found that our happiest franchise partners and our most loyal retail staff come from the same source.....their commonalities are that they are 'current' customers of Sangster's.
Canadian Retailer Planet Organic's Product Division Awarded With Site License [cached]
"The NHP legislation is designed to ensure the safety and efficacy of the natural health products sold to Canadian consumers," said Raymond Takashima, Sangster's product development manager.
The only Canadian retailer currently with a site license designation, Sangster's is Canada's longest-running franchised retailer of natural vitamins, food, body care, and sports nutrition supplements, as well as the first vitamin retail franchise company to be publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange.
"The awarding of this site license further strengthens customer confidence in the purity and safety of Sangster's Health Centre's products," said Darryl Sangster, v.p. of business development for Sangster's."It ensures both the retailer and the retail customer with the guarantee that every ingredient in Sangster's products has passed strict quality and safety testing."
Darryl Sangster
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