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Associated Foods

Based in Salt Lake City, Associated Foods is a retailer cooperative that distributes groceries throughout the Mountain West. Associated Foods has a loyalty program with the web site called Your Plus Rewards. Associated Foods also owns Ace Hardware Stores.

The cooperative was founded in 1940 by Donald P. Lloyd who felt that the only way for small stores to survive in the modern age would be to band together and create their own distribution channel.

The cooperative began with 34 independent stores with each store named for its owner.

The cooperative appears to have devolved into a corporation, with the central distribution chain slowly buying up the stores in the network. Several of the stores have been acquired by the cooperative including Dan's, Macey's, Lin's and Dick's Market. In 2009, Associated Foods acquired 34 Albertson's stores which they rebranded as Fresh Markets.

Some chains, such as Harmons, Ridley's and Reams use Associated Foods in addition to other suppliers. AF Stores used to list Rancho Markets as a member store. Associated Foods has a good history of working with local food producers.


Here are pictures of stores that I've come across:

A Closed Dan's Food   Harmons Dan's Food

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  1. Wikipedia - Associated Food Stores (Drawn 11/27/2017)

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