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Food professional Ned Visser started, organized, and managed Gourmet Garage, a specialty foods store that The New York Times called, “A Working-Class Outlet for Fine Foods.” Founded in 1991, Gourmet Garage started as a wholesale distribution company servicing New York’s finest restaurants. The wholesale company opened its doors as a retail outlet in Manhattan in 1992, offering a wide variety of specialty, natural, organic, and traditional food items. The philosophy of the store was to offer to the everyday shopper the same high quality products that New York City Chefs demanded daily. By 1999, Gourmet Garage expanded and operated a 4-store chain with sales in excess of 30 million dollars per year.