KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Associated Wholesale Grocers here told shareholders that business it picked up from former Fleming customers helped boost sales to record levels for the year ended Dec. 27, 2003.
> The results came after AWG purchased six former Fleming distribution centers last August. It closed three and continued to operate grocery facilities in Southaven, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn., and recently began operating the third facility in Memphis as a general merchandise and specialty foods distribution center.
As a result of those transactions, AWG said it has added more than 500 retail locations this year.
"Our company has taken advantage of tremendous opportunities this year," Gary Phillips, president and chief executive officer, said. "The cooperative approach to supplying goods and services has proven to be very efficient."