In 1929 Crest founder Nick Harroz's father opened the family's first grocery store Fairview Grocery at Southwest 29th and Agnew. Nick's dad taught him to "Stack it High and Sell it Cheap!"
After graduating from Capitol Hill High School, Nick joined the U.S. Navy Air Corps where he was commissioned as an officer and trained fighter pilots. Following the end of the WWII, he returned to Oklahoma where he opened his first grocery store, Nick's Brett Drive Grocery in Midwest City. Not long after starting the business, he married his beloved wife Cherry who would remain his partner in every sense of the word for more than 60 years.
Nick and Cherry expanded their business during the 50s and early 60s and in 1964 they moved their operation to a new location in the Ridgecrest shopping center on Reno Ave in Midwest City. In order to save customers time, while writing checks, Nick shortened the name to Crest from the Ridgecrest shopping center. The new name brought a fresh image providing customers discount prices, clean stores and fast, friendly customer service.
Over the next few decades, the company continued to grow and prosper. Two more locations were added: in 1984 Crest #2 in Midwest City and in 1997 Crest #3 in Edmond. In 1999, after decades as community leaders and successful business owners, Nick and Cherry retired and passed on their company and legacy to their son Bruce Harroz.
The next generation brought new growth and strategic development. Bruce continued to follow his father's teachings with more stores and larger variety. In 2002 Crest #4 opened in Moore. 2 years later, Crest #5 opened in Oklahoma City with Crest store #6 opening about a year after that in North Oklahoma City. Crest #7 was built in 2010 in south Oklahoma City. Its upscale decor and fresh market approach coined its name Crest Fresh Market. In November of 2013, Crest #8 was the first Crest to be built just outside the greater Oklahoma City area in Norman. Most recently, in August of 2014, our new 220,000 sq. ft. distribution center was constructed.
The Harroz family promised its customers Rock Bottom Prices everyday, and Crest continues to deliver on that promise.