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Template:Infobox Company Associated Food Stores is an American retailers cooperative that supplies about 600 independently owned retail supermarkets throughout Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Nevada and Wyoming. Founded by Donald P. Lloyd in 1940, whom was the president of the Utah Retail Grocers Association. It reported over US$1.6 billion in sales during fiscal year 2007 and is currently the fifty-sixth largest grocery retailer in the country by volume [1] with 23% of its total sales coming from its corporate stores.

HistoryEdit

Associated Food Stores was founded in 1940 by Donald P. Lloyd, president of the Utah Retail Grocers Association along with 34 Utah retailers. Concerned with effect that large corporate stores would have on small independent retailers, he felt the only way these small businesses could survive is if they united and faced the competition as one, therefore increasing their collective buying power. He convinced 34 stores to donate $300 to help build an independent and "associated" warehouse [1].

Corporate StoresEdit

As well as supplying independent grocers, Associated Food Stores also owns 23 corporate stores under four different names. Maceys, Lin's, Dicks, Dan's and (all in Utah) are all owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. It was reported in 2007 that 23% of the company's total sales came from its corporate stores.

Western FamilyEdit

Associated Foods is a primary distributor of the popular "no-name" off brand Western Family owned by Western Family Foods. This also includes Better Buy, Shurfine, Shursavings and Marketchoice brands.

Other StoresEdit

Popular stores supplied by Associated Food Stores.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2007 Top 75 North American Food Retailers, Supermarket News, Last accessed March 1, 2008.

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