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

New Sustainable Desert Landscaping at Corporate Office Saves Water, Costs and Labor

Team members may have noticed a change to the familiar outdoor landscaping at the corporate office. What used to be grass has now been replaced with an array of neutral-tone,…

Feed Utah 2024: Living Our Mission through Statewide Effort to Fight Hunger

On March 16th, AFS partnered with the Utah Food Bank to facilitate Feed Utah, a statewide food drive that helps provide food to Utahns across the state who face hunger—many…

AFS and ARO Participate in Feed Utah – Utah’s Biggest Food Drive

March 16 Named Feed Utah Day During Kick-off at Feed Utah Press Conference Utah Food Bank held a press conference on March 14 to kick off their largest food drive…

Ace and Macey’s Feed Children and Families at Primary Children’s Hospital

Associates from Ace Hardware, in collaboration with Associated Food Stores (AFS), participated in a meaningful service project at Primary Children’s Hospital on January 9. The objective was to provide support…