Meet a Grocer: Food World-Supermercado

How many stores do you have and where are you located?
We have one store in Salt Lake, Utah

How many years have you been open?
29 years

What’s your grocery history?
We purchased the store in May 1988 from Safeway. Craig, our owner, is a Green Grocer. Grocery is all he’s ever done. He started his grocery career when he was 15 years old and continues to serve his community through a neighborhood supermarket.

What is the best thing about your store?
We are a small neighborhood grocery store with loyal customers. We operate in a clean and friendly environment.

What is the key to running a successful store?
Commitment and dedication. Don’t let people tell you it can’t be done.

Is there an experience from the store that really sticks out to you?
We changed the store format to Hispanic in the middle of a conventional store format without every having to close.

What do you hope to bring to the communities you serve?
A great place to shop at a competitive price with superior perishable departments.

How do you give back to your communities?
Work with the 6 schools around the store to provide donations and sponsorships.

Visit us online!

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Lin’s Re-Grand Opens in Cedar City

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Lin’s Re-Grand Opens in Cedar City
Grocery store celebrates remodel and new addition with ribbon-cutting and special events

Cedar City, UT (February 13, 2017) After several months of renovations, Lin’s in Cedar City is welcoming guests to the revitalized store. To celebrate the remodel, the locally owned grocery store will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 13 at 10 a.m. Afterwards, guests are invited to sample products and explore hundreds of new offerings including an expanded produce selection featuring dozens of organic items, more meal solutions like fresh-rolled sushi and Lin’s signature in-store butcher block and scratch bakery.

“We are excited to better serve the Cedar City community with a variety of new offerings including a drive-through pharmacy, online ordering and curbside pickup and much more,” said Steve Holm, Lin’s district manager. “We know our shoppers will love the improvements as much as we do.

The remodeled location uses the latest innovations to create a one-stop shopping experience for guests through various programs, products and services. Two of the most notable additions include the healthy attributes shelf tag program, which marks natural, organic, healthy and “good for you” products throughout the store. The second exciting addition is Lin’s to Go online shopping powered by Rosie, which allows shoppers to order their groceries online and then stop by the store for curbside pick-up. Other new additions include:

  • An expanded produce department with more than 400 new items including more local and organic products
  • Lin’s signature butcher block offers organic, grass-fed and “free-from” meat and poultry
  • Lin’s scratch bakery with artisan breads, hand-decorated cakes and Lin’s signature doughnuts
  • An expanded dairy selection including more natural and organic products and cage-free eggs
  • An extensive selection of bulk foods where shoppers can get the pinch or pound they need
  • Easy-access banking through an in-store America First Credit Union.
  • An in-store Starbucks—Coming this Spring

Guests are encouraged to stop by the store during the grand opening week for an extra surprise. Several hearts have been placed throughout the aisles for shoppers to find and redeem at the service desk for a special treat.

“We are pleased to introduce the new Cedar City Lin’s and all its new features and offerings,” said Store Director Rich Jensen. “I’m excited for everyone to see the store and enjoy the incredible Lin’s shopping experience we have worked so hard to create.”

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About Lin’s
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com

Media Contact:  
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-660-9849

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Macey’s Tooele to Host Wish Party for Utah Child

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Macey’s Tooele to Host Wish Party for Utah Child
Event wraps up $100,000 icon drive

Salt Lake City, UT (February 8, 2017) Dreams are coming true for one Utah three-year-old thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Make-A-Wish® Utah. The Associated Retail Operations grocery stores are celebrating the success of the August 2016 star icon drive with a Wish Proclamation Party at Macey’s Tooele. The summer drive raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah. During the party, Madison, a three-year-old wish child, will find out that her wish to meet her favorite movie characters at the theme parks in Florida is coming true.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish® drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish® Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

        What: Make-A-Wish® Utah Wish Proclamation party for a Utah child

        Where: Macey’s Tooele
972 North Main
Tooele, UT 84074

        When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
3 p.m.

Why: The Wish Proclamation party celebrates store team efforts during the drive and is another opportunity for team                              members to interact with the organization.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:
Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:
Kelsey DiTommaso | Marketing Manager
kditommaso@utah.wish.org
(801) 305-1935 o | (972) 765-0325 c

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Associated Food Stores and eComSystems Work Together for Innovation

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Associated Food Stores and eComSystems Work Together for Innovation
Grocery wholesaler and technology firm bring better programs to independent retailers

Salt Lake City, UT (February 6, 2017) With the goal of helping retailers succeed, Associated Food Stores (AFS) and eComSystems have joined together to make print advertising easier for independent grocers. The wholesaler and technology firm partnered in 2013 to create AFS AdStudio, a custom advertising development and production program that allows retailers to quickly and easily build beautiful custom weekly ads. Since then, the companies have worked together to develop industry-leading business solutions for more than 400 independent retailers AFS serves.

“AFS has always looked for ways to better serve our retailers and their customers. It’s one of the key convictions that sets us apart,” said Jason Sokol, AFS’ director of marketing. “Our partnership with eCom has served as a platform for AFS to lead our industry with technology that enhances the shopping experience.”

Over the last few months, AFS and eComSystems have worked on two major projects to enhance the functionality of two of their programs—AdViewer and AFS AdStudio. The mobile version of AdViewer, which allows guests to view retailer’s weekly ad on their mobile device, received an update to make the ads more responsive, quicker and easier to read on a mobile device. The update was driven by retailer feedback and the desire to better serve the growing number of guests in digital spaces.

Today, the companies announced that AFS AdStudio, the program designed to help retailers build and produce weekly print ads, has moved to HTML5. This move will increase program speeds while improving browser compatibility and enhancing features to make creating weekly ads even easier for retailers.

“Our relationship with AFS is the model of what a partnership should be.  We’re focused supporting retailers and providing ways to help them grow and thrive, strengthening relationships with their customers while forging opportunities with new ones, all the while making it as easy as possible for them to do business better in their demanding retail environment,” said Jon Evans, president/CEO of eComSystems. “We look forward to continuing our partnership and appreciate the personal and professional interaction with the AFS team and the retailers we serve.”

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

About eComSystems
eComSystems, a technology firm based in Sarasota, Florida, provides proprietary programs that automate the creation and production of advertisements and marketing materials, both in print and electronically, for corporations and retailers by unifying data to make internal systems more efficient and cost effective. eCom’s programs provide proven cost savings, user flexibility and overall efficiencies. For more information about eCom, visit www.eComSystems.com.

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913