You’ve probably, at some time, seen a great recipe, looked through the ingredients and then said “Well, where on earth do I get that?” This is why I started the business in the first place.

My name is Eric McLean and I started McLean’s Specialty Foods in 1992. As the name implies, we stock “specialty foods”, that is, foods which are not easily found in conventional food stores. If you like to read food publications or watch the food network, you will enjoy McLean’s Specialty Foods.

The very first (and only) flyer I produced borrowed strongly from a fellow Scot, Alexander McGibbon, who in 1880 took out a small ad in the Montreal Gazette as follows:

“I wish it to be distinctly understood that I keep only first class goods, and therefore, people who want bogus brands, or mixed and adulterated teas and coffees, or inferior goods of any kind, must go elsewhere for them.”

That, in my opinion, is what you call a real mission statement.

So, welcome to McLean’s Specialty Foods – Vancouver Island premier cheese shop and specialty foods store.

Located in Nanaimo’s historic Old City Quarter, McLean’s is founded in an age-old philosophy of solid customer service and Eric & Sandy and their staff strive to provide a shopping experience that’s second to none.

With one of Vancouver Island’s largest selections of cheeses McLean’s is an old style delicatessen with a wide assortment of specialty products from the UK, Europe and South Africa. Plus an excellent choice of gourmet oils, vinegars, olives, truffles, pates and lots of other goodies. Come in and check us out!

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