For North Fremont folks, a trip to Marketime is often a daily ritual. It might be for your morning coffee and bagel, a quick snack break or to do the day’s grocery shopping. The market has been a Fremont mainstay going back some time. Between 1969 and 2000, Vic Kaloper was one of the owners of the market and a popular face around town. Kaloper passed away Saturday, November 27th.
In 1969, it was purchased by Vic Kaloper and his business partner who oversaw the market up until about ten years ago when Vic sold it. For the twenty-plus years he ran the market, Vic was known for his “positive attitude, strong ethics, relentless approach to work, genuine interest in others, and, unconditional generosity, were intrinsic to his character.” He became a fixture in the Fremont community during that time as well.
Vic graduated from West Seattle High School after which he enlisted in the US Navy. His next venture would begin what was to become a long and successful entrepreneurial career in the grocery business, first at the Ken’s Market stores in the Greenwood and Queen Anne neighborhoods, Marketime Foods in Fremont, and then Apple Foods in Madison Park, where genuine customer appreciation and employee accolades reflected his “people first” philosophy. With keeping busy as a mantra, Vic’s “pay it forward” retirement included volunteering as a tutor for young readers at B. F. Day Elementary School.
To read Vic’s full obituary, find out information about Saturday’s service or how you can send condolences, please click here.