Meet the Crowfoot Crew
“Service is Our Business” is much more than just a slogan to us. While the words are featured on the back of every uniform worn by our employees, these words are our way of life and our commitment to you.
When the Alberta liquor industry privatized in 1994, brothers Terry and Don Richardson founded Crowfoot Wine & Spirits with the opening of our first location in Crowfoot Centre NW. With roots in Alberta stretching back for generations and a true vision of success, they set about building a family-run company that would stand the test of time.
Founded on the principles of; customer service, selection and value, we constantly strive to provide each and every one of our customers with the finest shopping experience in the liquor industry. We are regularly updating our in-house product knowledge training programs, something that all of our employees are required to pass, as well as sending our employees to various destinations around the world to better learn about the products we sell. We firmly believe that if we are going to sell it, we had better know about it in order to provide you with exceptional service and effectively assist you with your selections as well as make informed suggestions around food pairings, cocktail recipes, etc.
While this knowledge is important in what we do, it’s the family-run aspect of our business that defines who we are. All of our employees are our family and this is the customer service feeling we set out to create in all our stores. When you choose to shop with us, you are one of the family! Of course none of this matters if we don’t have what you’re looking for. In Alberta we have access to over 20,000 liquor products and regularly stock over 8,000 of them in our Signature NW store. All of our 12 satellite locations around Calgary, Cochrane and Strathmore have access to this stock, so your special item is never more than a day or two away. We believe that all this combined adds up to the kind of value our customers deserve and should expect from us each and every day.
If it’s events you love, we have that too! Our Event Centre located at our Signature NW location hosts dozens of educational events year-round. Complete with a full, open kitchen, resident Sommelier, Event Chef and room for up to 150 guests, the Event Centre is also available for private parties, receptions, corporate team-building or any other private event you can think of. We are committed to making your event a success so if you have a theme you’d like to use, just let us know!
We are proud and humbled to be chosen by over 150 of Calgary’s best restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs as their liquor supplier. Our 30,000 ft² state-of-the-art warehouse, dedicated staff, multiple delivery trucks and a strong commitment to accuracy and deadlines have allowed us to meet their needs since our inception.
Our greatest source of pride however, comes from our ability to give back to our community. Over the years we have donated to hundreds of worthwhile causes which directly benefit those in our community who need assistance. We also form lasting partnerships with organizations in order to provide a larger impact to the organization. We have been a proud supporter of Hearts 4 Arts for the last 3 years in support of the Performing Arts Youth Centre. As well, we are proud to support the Calgary Health Trust Rockyview Invitational Golf Tournament and the Alberta Cancer Foundation & the Team TaTa’s Fundraising Team with their efforts to make a difference for all Albertans and their families facing cancer.
At Crowfoot Wine & Spirits, we have one of the best and brightest teams in the industry. We prefer to hire locally and promote from within, passing on the benefits to the local communities supporting our stores. We are proud to employ over 150 people in our organization; from those who have joined us for their first-ever job to many who have made their career with us.
Meet the Crowfoot Wine & Spirits Leadership Team:
Terry & Don Richardson
With the privatization of Alberta’s Liquor Industry in 1994, two brothers, Terry and Don Richardson founded Crowfoot Wine & Spirits on the principle of strong customer service and offering the customer the widest selection of spirits, wine, and beer possible. Successful businessmen and visionaries, Terry and Don have stayed true to their convictions in offering people most of which they seek in the adult beverage industry.
Vice President Of Operations
Since starting with the company in 1995, Bob has been responsible for the opening of all of the stores in operation, from design to construction. Currently Bob works closely with Terry and Don in the purchasing and construction of new locations. Bob is also the Vice President of the Alberta Liquor Store Association, an entity committed to preserving the model of the liquor industry created in 1993.
Vice President Of Purchasing
Steve Richardson has worked at Crowfoot Wine & Spirits since 1998. In that time, Steve has experienced all aspects of the industry. Currently Steve oversees many facets of the operations such as licensee operations, merchandising, Head Office management, store acquisition and consumer relations.
VP Of Business Development
DJ started his career with Crowfoot Wine & Spirits in 2006. The youngest of the Richardson family, he has worked in almost every facet of the company. DJ understands the importance of every position, and his dedication to the company and to his customers has proven that he will one day continue the family tradition of offering the largest selection and highest quality customer service.
Director of Operations
Perry joined Crowfoot Wine & Spirits in January, 2015. With over 20 years of experience in the Alberta Beverage Alcohol Industry he has seen and done it all. Having held positions with various companies, from Store Clerk to Vice President of Operations, his wealth of experience makes him the ideal person to lead our chain of stores. Perry is firmly committed to ensuring that every customer has an exceptional shopping experience, every time, in every one of our locations.
Anna joined forces with Crowfoot Wine & Spirits in February 2001. She started as a cashier in our Downtown location where she soon was appointed as a supervisor. By the end of the year, she moved to a managerial position at our Douglas location. She has assisted in the opening of many of our other stores. Anna understands all of the processes of the liquor industry as she has also worked at our warehouse for a period of time. Anna is currently managing several of our locations as a district manager.
Director Of Purchasing
Paul rejoined Crowfoot Wine and Spirits in 2013 as the manager of our Signature location. With over 10 years of experience in the Adult beverage industry he has currently taken over the purchasing position. Paul has worked every position within Crowfoot from cashier to district manager, and brings a passion for everything fermented and distilled.