Associated Wholesale Grocers seems to have been at the right place at the right time to expand contiguously for nearly 15 years. Starting from its base in Kansas City, Kan., the member-owned cooperative has been able to make strategic acquisitions of distribution facilities as other companies faced financial difficulties. In 2007, when Albertsons LLC, Boise, Idaho, was scaling back, AWG was able to acquire the company's 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas, and to add the ...

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