We desire to serve in an extraordinary way by consistently exceeding expectations.
Since 1940 Associated Food Stores has been committed to serving and supporting independent retailers in the fight against national chains. Inspired by the fighting spirit of our founders, we are proud to serve retailers across eight states as the only independent cooperatively-owned grocery wholesaler in the Intermountain West. Small or large, urban or city, we are committed to our retailer’s success and work to provide the tools and support they need to compete against national chains, serve and strengthen their communities and operate successful businesses.
In 1940 the grocery industry was a rough place for independent retailers. Strong competition from national chains, increased prices from wholesalers and low margins left many family 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. Membership has since grown to more than 400 retailers in eight intermountain states, but AFS continues to be committed to independent retailers by providing quality products, support and exceptional service.