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Three AFS Retailers Win Remarkable Independent Awards

Congratulations to Broulim’s, Clark’s Market, and Lee’s Marketplace. Our three retailers were honored with Remarkable Independent Awards from Winsight Grocery Business on Monday at the National Grocers Association conference in Las Vegas. This year’s inaugural class represents 16 retailers across the country who are making great strides in community stewardship, in-store experiences, customer engagement, and ecommerce/online shopping.

Broulim’s was recognized in the Customer Engagement category. With 10 locations across Idaho, Broulim’s stores are known for providing excellent service and quality products through a scratch bakery, wide selection of fresh produce and meat, and multiple prepared food options. The family-owned retailer proves it is dedicated to people by giving company ownership to more than 750 employees. Broulim’s is also active in the communities they serve. They frequently purchase livestock from youth auctions at the fair, sponsor local schools, donate to the food bank, and support local, regional, and national philanthropic organizations.

Clark’s Market took home honors for their community stewardship. They go beyond the traditional grocery store with an emphasis on natural, organic, and gourmet products in their eight locations. Rather than create a cookie cutter guest experience, each location has its own personality that matches the community they serve. Clark’s offers guests at all their stores signature deli items, artisan bread, pizza, scratch-made soup, homemade gelato, fresh juices, and smoothies, a coffee bar with lattes, espressos and other specialty drinks, and multiple meal options from lasagna to mac and cheese, and steak.

Lee’s Marketplace was named a Remarkable Independent in the Customer Engagement category. The family-owned stores strive to create a fun and relaxed shopping experience in their five locations. Building this experience includes adding a variety of offerings that guests want most. Lee’s provides clean, well-lit stores, a wide selection of fresh produce, a scratch bakery, full-service meat department with in-store butchers, floral designers, chef-inspired meal solutions, and fresh-made tortillas, salsa, soups, and sushi. They also offer fresh squeezed juice, gourmet popcorn, fudge, and daily lunch specials that bring guests in every day. Lee’s even makes shopping easy for busy individuals with Lee’s Online, powered by Rosie online shopping.

Congratulations everyone! We’re proud to work with you.

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