Serving Independent Grocers Since 1940

Our Purpose

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 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.


The Story of AFS

Since 1940 we have grown from 34 retailers in Utah to nearly 450 independent grocers across Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Recent News

Bob Obray Posthumously Honored at National FMI Event

As part of the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) executive leadership awards, Bob Obray was posthumously honored last week with the Herbert Hoover Award for Humanitarian Service. Travis Boman, chief financial…

Member of AFS Benefits from $1 Million Grant in Las Vegas

Mario’s Westside Market, a member of Associated Food Stores, will expand after receiving a $1 million grant from Las Vegas as part of the city’s use of $130.6 million in…

AFS Members and ARO Stores Win Prestigious Awards

Members of Associated Food Stores and Associated Retail Operations (ARO) were winners of Rosie awards this week for the stores’ phenomenal eCommerce efforts. Rosie, Associated Food Stores’ partner for eCommerce…

AFS Grocers Gathered More Than $240,000 to Help Food Bank

Throughout November, guests at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market were asked to donate to the Utah Food Bank at check out through the stores’ Harvest of Hope…