My name is Tony Cerminara, and I am excited and honoured to be the General Manager for the new Mottola Grocery. Originally from Edmonton, I have spent most of my life in the food industry - an industry I am truly passionate about.
My journey began as a dishwasher, working for my Uncle Mike (Chef Mike) in a busy Edmonton hotel, at age 13. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of representing and working for numerous Tier 1 food companies, spanning over 3 decades. Before moving to Winnipeg in the summer of 2016, I owned a grocery store/fruit market in the Church/Wellesley Village of downtown Toronto, for 7 years. This was a highlight in my life, as this experience of being an entrepreneur was challenging yet very rewarding.
As the middle son to Italian immigrant parents, it was instilled in me at a very young age that hard work and respect for all people were two of life’s most valuable and guiding principles. I love meeting new people, getting to know them and forming long lasting relationships.
My support system is incredible and one that I am truly grateful for. I am a husband to a beautiful wife and soul-mate, Maria, of 35 years, and a proud father to my two grown children - a son who lives and works in Germany, and a daughter, who lives and works here in Winnipeg.
To be leading the team here at Mottola Grocery, under the guidance of our passionate President/Owner Bobby Mottola, is the culmination of my food journey and what I consider to be a life-long dream. Mottola Grocery will bring an epicurean, gourmet retail concept to Winnipeg, something this city has never seen before. Our team is passionate about food and has been working hard to curate and bring you the finest foods from around the world. Globally sourced and locally inspired is the way we like to put it.
My Commitment To You
My personal goal and our store mission is to make certain that every guest visit and experience in Mottola Grocery is beyond one’s expectation. The heart of Winnipeg is truly its people and sense of community. Winnipeg is a diverse city that celebrates ethnicity, and it is food that connects us all. We, as your Mottola Grocery team, want to be sure that we are inclusive of everyone who walks through our doors, recognizing that there will be many different requests and taste preferences. At Mottola Grocery, you will be treated like family. We look forward to serving you and providing you with exceptional customer service together with a unique grocery and culinary food experience!
Over the coming weeks, we intend to announce the formal opening date for our concept at 242 Hargrave Street. For more information, please follow us on Instagram. Until then, please feel free to order online for pick up or delivery, any time.
See you soon!