Associated Food Stores was founded on the idea of local grocers banding together to support and help improve individual businesses. 76 Years: United in Service Associated Food Stores, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a cooperatively owned wholesale distributor to almost 500 independently owned supermarkets in eight states. Associated Food Stores not only delivers groceries to independent members, but enables them to compete against national chains and become exceptional, successful supermarkets. Associated Food Stores opened in 1940 when 34 independent retailers and Donald P. Lloyd, the president of the Utah Grocers Association, joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chains. Each retailer contributed $300 and Associated Food Stores was born, changing the way independent retailers operated and prospered. Associated Food Stores continues to champion the success of independent retailers and is the only independent wholesale distributor headquartered in the Intermountain West.
Associated Food Stores
2400 N 1850 W, Farr West, UT 84404
Strong competition from national chains, increased prices from wholesalers and low margins left many families and independently-owned businesses with boarded windows. Determined to succeed against the competition, 34 independent retailers and Donald P. Lloyd, the then president of the Utah Grocers Association, joined together to combine their buying power and open a warehouse, leading to the birth of AFS. We display an internal fire, excitement, initiative, humble confidence, and desire to win. We are driven, resilient, positive, and look for innovative, win-win solutions. We display enthusiasm and enjoy work, achievement, random acts of kindness, and building friendships. We display dependability, responsibility, and ownership in success and mistakes. We have a sense of obligation and seek opportunities to improve. We display honesty, transparency, trust, character, and ethics. We display respect, good communication, and a commitment to commonly held goals and standards. We display empathy, compassion, and desire for the success of others. We are genuine, loving, and sincere.