Associated Wholesale Grocers may be on the verge of shaking up the retail business in the Deep South as it prepares to open a new Gulf Coast distribution center there early next year. “We think the potential for additional volume is tremendous,” Jerry Garland (right), president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City, Kan.-based member-owned cooperative, told SN. In its annual report, the company said the Gulf of Mexico region “was identified as having the ...

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