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December 11, 2019
ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES LAUNCHES PRIVATE LABEL BRAND CONTENT MARKETING PROGRAM WITH METRO DETROIT AGENCY
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Associated Food Stores (AFS) and Vimax Media have established a cooperative “Own Brands” content marketing program promoting Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market), Brookshire Brothers, Stater Bros., Price Chopper and Roche Bros. private label branded products. The program includes custom branded recipes, images and video development designed for social and digital media and in-store marketing initiatives. These independent retailers and wholesalers understood the value of aggregating their efforts and wanted to find ways to bring efficiencies and cost savings to an important part of their businesses.
This program is a continuation of a previously established AFS and Vimax Media content subscription program consisting of aggregated weekly food-related content that is available to AFS corporate banner and independent member stores. This content is part of a growing partnership between these groups to provide omni-channel marketing solutions to both AFS wholesalers and retailers in efforts to boost customer engagement, drive in-store visits and build their brands, offering quality content at an affordable rate.
ABOUT ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES:
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. Small or large, urban or city, AFS is committed to their retailer’s success and work to provide the tools and support they need to compete against national chains, service and strengthen their communities and operate successful businesses. AFS currently serves more than 400 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit www.afstores.com
ABOUT VIMAX MEDIA: Vimax Media is an industry-leading full-service marketing agency that specializes in creating compelling, custom-branded food content. Their experienced team of chefs, food stylists, visual artists, food writers and editors is passionate about everything culinary.
To learn more about Vimax Media and see how they transform food into brand-building, value-added assets, visit http://vimaxmedia.com/, or call 1-800-940-4944.
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NEW MACEY’S GROCERY STORE OPENS IN OLYMPUS
WHEN: October 2, 2019, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Macey’s Olympus Hills
3981 Wasatch Blvd.
SLC, UT 84124
WHAT: Grand opening and flag-raising ceremony
WHO: Macey’s store team; Associated Retail Operations leadership team, American Legion
VISUALS: Flag-raising ceremony; ribbon cutting with military veterans
Utah Grocer Macey’s Opens 15th Location in Olympus
Macey’s Grocery opens new location in Millcreek
Salt Lake City, UT (October 1, 2019) Macey’s is opening its 15th location, Macey’s Olympus located in Millcreek at 3981 Wasatch Blvd. The new store will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Oct 2 at 10 a.m., where the American legion, a veterans’ group, will fly a colossal 20’x30’ American flag in the Olympus Macey’s parking lot for the first time.
“We’re honored to open our new Macey’s Olympus location with a celebration that honors our great country,” said Jeff Rice, store director of Macey’s Olympus. “We know that our freedoms are not to be taken for granted and flying the American flag at our Macey’s locations is a nice reminder of the many privileges we have in our country.”
In addition to the breath-taking flag, the new Olympus location has many benefits to the community of Millcreek—featuring an upscale, yet affordable grocery shopping experience. Complete with classic Kong Kones and Macey’s famous doughnuts—the Olympus location touts a variety of high-end offerings that include an expanded produce section with fresh salsa, fresh-cut fruit and veggies, a variety of specialty cheeses and Columbus meats, a large selection of quality Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood, a bakery filled with pastries and crusty breads. The store also offers Macey’s Anywhere, the store’s online shopping option with convenient curbside pickup and delivery.
The Olympus store is the 15th Macey’s location in Utah. Macey’s is owned and operated by Associated Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, and has stores from Providence to Utah County. Right next door to the new Macey’s store is an ACE Hardware Store, that is also locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores.
To learn more about Macey’s and to find a location nearest you, visit www.maceys.com.
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer an in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.
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NEW MACEY’S GROCERY STORE IS NOW OPEN IN HIGHLAND
SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 18, 2019) A new Macey’s grocery store is now open in Highland, Utah; bringing all the signature offerings customers around the state have come to love from Macey’s.
The new location features an expanded delicatessen with various options for lunch, such as sushi, a salad bar and a hot buffet. There are also signature Macey’s items like Kong Kones®, doughnuts made fresh in the bakery, fresh-cut fruit and local produce. A new outdoor seating area has been added for guests to enjoy.
David Rice, president of Associated Retail Operations and senior vice president of Associated Food Stores, is thrilled to serve the Highland community. “Macey’s has been a local grocer for more than seven decades. We’re looking forward to becoming a support to the community in any way we can.”
Macey’s offers online shopping, curbside pickup, self-checkout options including Skip, which allows customers to scan items as they shop and checkout from their phone. This is the first Macey’s to offer a U.S. post office within the store.
The grand opening for the new Macey’s was held Sept, 18th at 10 a.m. and included a flag-raising ceremony. Community members were invited to attend.
ABOUT ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. AFS currently serves more than 400 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit www.afstores.com
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SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores
create can display that’s out of this world
Companies donate more than $1,617 in food to benefit Utah food insecurity
Salt Lake City, UT (July 12, 2019) A space ship made out of nearly 1,924 cans of food recently took residence at the SLC Library thanks to SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores. The companies participated in Salt Lake County Health Department’s 4th annual Foodstruction program, which encourages companies to build creative displays out of healthy food items to raise awareness of food insecurity. Following the event, SelectHealth and Associated Food Stores donated the used items, totaling more than $1,617 worth of food to Utah Food Bank.
“One in five children have no idea where their next meal is coming from,” said Emily Butlin, Associated Food Stores senior marketing specialist. “Food insecurity in Utah is real—and we believe we can all make a difference to help those who are in need.”
SelectHealth organized a team to participate in the event and coordinated with Associated Food Stores to get the 1,924 cans needed to complete the design. The project required two different builds—a test run and the final product. The test run was donated to For the Kids, a nonprofit that feeds hungry children over the weekend with community donations and volunteers.
“SelectHealth is proud to have won the prize for donating the most amount of food to help our community in previous years. With the help of Associated Foods, we hope to win it again this year. The staff that participates in this event have a lot of fun designing the project, and seeing it come to light. The fact that it does such great for the community is a bonus.”
“This is our 4th year participating in this wonderful event. SelectHealth loves that this event really shines a light on the food insecurities members of our communities’ face. We chose to do a spaceship this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.”
Foodstruction is part of Salt Lake County Health Department’s mission to fight food insecurity with Utah Food Bank. Each year several companies visit libraries across the county to build creative displays meant to educate the community about food insecurity. Community members are then invited to vote for their favorites.
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.
SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 850,000 members. Through a shared mission with Intermountain Healthcare®, we are committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible®. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, and we’re also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. For details, visit selecthealth.org.
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New services will be available beginning April 1, 2019.
Salt Lake City, UT (March 28, 2019) Macey’s is making it easier for guests to take care of their health, in addition to their groceries. Starting April 1, 2019, select Macey’s pharmacies will be offering clinical consultations and prescriptive services for urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections and cold sores.
“Anyone who has had to deal with things like a yeast infection or UTI knows how important it is to start treating it quickly,” said Denise Kunkle, pharmacy clinical services manager. “With these new services at our in-store pharmacies, our patients can get the treatment they need quickly and easily.”
No appointment is needed to take advantage of these new clinical services. For a low-cost consultation fee, shoppers can stop by the pharmacy, fill out a questionnaire, meet with a qualified pharmacist and receive a personal treatment plan.
The new prescriptive treatment for UTIs, yeast infections and cold sores will be available at Macey’s pharmacies in Draper, Murray, Lehi, Logan, Providence, Provo, Tooele and West Jordan. Each pharmacy provides extended business hours, making it convenient for patients to get the care they need when it works best for their schedule.
These new services are in addition to strep testing, immunizations, and flu shots that help ensure we provide high-quality care for patients. For more information about Macey’s and all the services available at our pharmacies, visit Maceys.com/pharmacy.
New Highland store will be Macey’s 15th location
Highland, UT (March 6, 2019) Macey’s is growing! We’re bringing our unbeatable shopping experience and competitive pricing to the Highland community with a new store at 5353 W 11000 N, replacing Ridley’s Family Market.
“We can’t wait to begin welcoming guests to our new Macey’s Highland store. Our increased product selection, meal solutions, and Perks rewards program will provide guests an outstanding shopping experience every time they walk in the door,” said Darin Peirce, director of retail operations for Macey’s.
The Highland location will feature a wide selection of offerings and amenities, including:
- An expanded delicatessen with smoked meats, sushi, hot food buffet, salad bars, sandwiches, wraps and more
- Extensive bakery offerings such as artisan bread, bagels, fresh pastries, donuts and cakes
- A larger produce section with organic and local items, fresh salsa, and fresh fruits and vegetables
- An increased dairy offering with more cage-free and organic items
- A broad selection of grass-fed, free-from products, and Certified Angus Beef
- A specialty cheese island with enhanced cheese offerings
Our guests will also enjoy:
- Macey’s Anywhere online shopping and curbside pickup
- Self-checkout options including Skip, which allows guests to scan items as they shop and checkout from their phone
- A clean, bright store with new signage highlighting natural, organic, dietician and pharmacist preferred, and local items at the shelf
- Enhanced pharmacy options
- Easy access to U.S. post office services
- Expanded indoor and outdoor seating
- A more convenient store entrance and updated décor throughout the store
Crews will begin remodeling the existing store soon with a grand opening expected later this year. The store will remain open during construction.
The Highland store is the 15th Macey’s location. Macey’s has stores from Cache Valley to Utah County. To learn more about Macey’s and to find the location nearest you, visit Macey’s.com.
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Utah Grocery Stores Make Sure Kids Go Back to School with Full Tummies
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee donate more than 285,000 meals to Mobile School Pantry Program
Salt Lake City, UT (September 7, 2018) Students and their families across the state can rest a little easier knowing they have food thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company. The Utah-based grocery stores donated $150,622 worth of kid-friendly food to Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry Program. The donation took place at Edison Elementary School in Salt Lake City yesterday as a wrap up to the 2017 Season to Share food drive.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help the youngest members of our community have a great school year by providing nutritious to the Mobile School Pantry program,” said Gary McCloud, operations manager for Associated Retail Operations, which owns the six stores. “This donation wouldn’t be possible without the great support of our community and we’re so thankful for their generosity.”
Team members from Associated Retail Operations, which owns and operates the six stores that participated in the drive, partnered with Utah Food Bank to pass out food including peanut butter, tuna fish, fruits, vegetables, and other food items to students after school. The donation totaled over 340,000 lb and will provide around 285,000 meals to students and their families at risk of food insecurity across the state.
“Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to Associated Retail Operations and their customers for taking such a stand against hunger,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank President & CEO. “With 1 in 6 Utah children unsure of where their next meal will come from, these donations will truly impact these children and their families as we distribute the food through all 69 Mobile School pantries.”
About Associated Retail Operations
Started in 1999, Associated Retail Operations (ARO) consists of five independent grocery banners based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. ARO operates 42 stores across Utah under the Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market banners. ARO is a subsidiary of Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned wholesaler also based in Salt Lake City. To learn more about the stores visit:
About Utah Food Bank
Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 million meals, to families and individuals in need. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.