Sam Kim owns and operates Ayutla Market at Arrow and Irwindale Ave. Sam has been in the community for over 20 years. He is known for his generosity in assisting with local fundraisers, helping customers to their cars and by maintaining long hours and staying open on holidays. Sam continuously goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the community and has placed a sign at Ayutla Market stating, “Are you hungry? See Sam”. He will give food to whoever comes to him in need. Ayutla Market is a gem in the middle of Irwindale on Arrow Highway. The convenience grocery store has meat, a mini fresh produce section, dairy section, beverage section and several aisles of canned and boxed home goods.
Sam is a past recipient of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He was recognized as the 2006 Small Business of the Year by State Senator Gloria Romero.
Sam, a member of the Irwindale Chamber since 1993, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber, a position he has held for eight years. He is a Board Member on the Irwindale Public Library Foundation.