Our Story

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. Membership has since grown to more than 400 retailers in eight intermountain states. AFS continues to be committed to independent retailers by providing quality products, support, and exceptional service.

Salt Lake City – Corporate Offices

Our corporate office, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to a variety of wholesale and retail operations and support that lead to the success of our member retailers. Our team members are dedicated and passionate about their work and embody the fighting spirit of our founders. Services include human resources, retail technology and operations support, insurance service, marketing and design, advertising, accounting, market development, and procurement.

Distribution Center

Our Distribution Center in Farr West, Utah, is a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. The Farr West Distribution Center provides groceries, non-foods goods, and other products to more than 400 retailers across eight states. We value our team members and offer competitive pay, multiple shift options, and various team member recognition programs as well as health benefits, paid time-off and sick time. Distribution Center team members are instrumental in the success of our retailers.

Associated Retail Operations (ARO)

The Associated Retail Operations (ARO) team oversees operations at the six corporately-owned store banners. These team members work one-on-one with store teams to create a unique and genuine shopping experience for guests at each of our Lin’s, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Fresh Market and select Ace Hardware stores. This team is made up of experts from every store department including produce, bakery, deli, meat, center store, frozen, customer service, floral and more.

If you are interested in working at one of our corporately owned stores, click the store logo below to see current openings.

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Executive Team

Bob Obray
President & CEO
Roger White
Exec. Vice President of Sales and Wholesale Operations
David Rice
Exec. Vice President of Retail; Pres. of Assoc. Retail Operations (ARO)
Tim Conner
Sr. Vice President of Team Services
Wade Judd
Sr. Vice President & CIO
Steve Miner
Sr. Vice President of Business Development; Pres. of Market Development, Inc.
Jason Sokol
Vice President of Marketing
Justin Atwater
Sr. Vice President & General Counsel
Travis Boman
Sr. Vice President & CFO
Lezlie Sanders
Corporate Secretary

Board of Directors

The members of our current Board of Directors made up of independent retailers are:

  • Chairman of the Board, Chip Atkinson — Atkinson’s Markets
  • Vice Chairman of the Board, Tom Clark — Clark’s Markets
  • Shari Badger — Lee’s Marketplace
  • Jim Benedict — Benedict’s Market
  • Robert Broulim — Broulim’s Fresh Foods
  • Brent Foulger — Blair’s Supermarket
  • Mike Holm — The Market at Park City
  • Scott Hymas — Terrel’s
  • Mark Jensen — Harmon’s
  • Monte Peterson — Peterson’s Fresh Market
  • Mark Ridley — Ridley’s Family Markets
  • Mark Stewart — Stewart’s Marketplace
  • Jason Pollard — Farmer’s Corner Market

Associated Retail Operations Board

The members of our current Associated Retail Operations Board are:

  • Chairman of the Board, Brent Foulger — Blair’s Markets
  • John Bole, CEO — Yoke’s Fresh Markets
  • Dick Broulim — Broulim’s Fresh Foods
  • John Alston — Brookshire Bros.
  • Terry Hancock — Valley Market
  • Scott Hymas — Terrel’s
  • Tad Mancini — Mancini Sales and Marketing
  • Jim Meyer, retired President and CEO — Spartan Foods
  • Monte Peterson — Peterson’s Fresh Market
  • Abel Porter President — Fairway Markets in New York City
  • Terry Rogers — Davis Food and Drug

Learn more about becoming a member.