Company History

  • The Beginning

    Richard Downey opens the first Richard’s Whole Foods in Sarasota, Florida. From the beginning, Richard’s purpose has been to offer a variety of quality natural and specialty foods, supplements and related products to the public at affordable prices. This is a philosophy the current owner, John Rorer, has sustained as Richard’s continues to grow.

  • 1997

    Changing Hands

    Rorer and two partners buy the 6-store Richard’s chain from Richard Downey’s family.

  • 1997-2005

    Growing & Improving

    Richard’s grosses approximately $3 million when purchased in 1997, sales doubled in the first two years through upgrading and remodeling the stores. By 2004 the company grew to almost $9 million, 12 stores and over 80 employees.

  • 2005


    Rorer purchases 11 stores and takes over as sole proprietor of Richard’s Whole Foods.

  • 2006-2009


    Rorer revamps company’s management team and operational structure. He overhauls the brand to be more memorable and initiates phased remodels of all stores.

  • 2009

    Becoming Richard's Foodporium

    Richard’s Whole Foods is renamed to Richards Foodporium® and becomes the first natural & specialty foods retail franchiser in the nation.

  • Today

    Where We Are Today

    Richard’s now operates 13 locations. This growth mode is largely attributed to Rorer’s strong business sense, vision and the dedicated management team he has assembled.