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Sam Granato’s grandparents originally came to Utah from Italy in the 1800’s to herd goats in the Draper, Tooele and Bountiful areas. In fact the land upon which the Bountiful LDS Temple is built was at one time home to the Granato’s goats, which roamed the high foothills. The son of a first-generation Italian-American father and a Scotch-Irish mother, Granato was born in the Millcreek area, and still lives there today with his wife and family. All in all, he has spent every one of his 62 years in Utah.
During his teenage years, Granato attended and graduated from Olympus High School in Salt Lake City before enrolling at Southern Utah University for college. With an eye on his future, Granato decided to study Business Management during his time in Cedar City and, after finishing his degree in 1973, he returned to Salt Lake to work alongside his father in the family importing business, a job he has held ever since.
Established by Sam’s father following World War II, Frank Granato Importing Company has become a Utah legend and the state’s leading purveyor for authentic Italian and Mediterranean food, thanks to the Granato’s strong work ethic and a belief that customer service is what matters most. Today, Sam Granato carries that same spirit and dedication forward as the company’s owner and president, and has expanded what began as a modest pushcart operation into a thriving small business with several locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley.
He has always served in many public service positions including his current position as a board member of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department and the State Economic Development Board. He is past board member IHC, past member Micro Loan Fund, past President Utah Foot Printers Association, Past Board President Beehive Credit Union.
He has been married to Ann Wyss for 37 years. They have four children and nine grand children.