SALT LAKE CITY, UT, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — Associated Retail Operations (ARO) (Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Dicks Market and Fresh Market) throughout the Utah area are once again teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 32nd annual Shamrocks mobile program to help raise funds for local families affected by muscle disease.
From Feb 17 to March 17, customers can show their support for MDA by purchasing and signing a $1 green or $5 gold Shamrocks mobile while shopping at ARO locations in their area.
“We are so excited that we have the opportunity to help send children affected by muscle disease to MDA summer camp by participating in the annual Shamrocks program,” said Associated Food Stores Retail PR and Social Media Manager Sarah Pettit. “MDA summer camp is often referred to as the ‘best week of the year’ by MDA families. With support from our generous customers and employees, we know we can make a difference again in 2014 and ensure that some very special kids can spend a special barrier-free week at camp creating life-long memories.”
Associated Food Stores teamed up with MDA in 2001 for its Shamrocks program. In 2013, Associated Food Stores and its customers raised more than $76,000 during the Shamrocks program. To date, Associated Food Stores has raised more than $600,000 for MDA.
Funds raised at Associated Food Stores in Utah will help send area children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to MDA summer camp at Camp Roger in Kamas, Utah.
The program also helps to support MDA’s worldwide research program and national network of 200 medical clinics, including the MDA Clinic at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
To learn more about the 2014 MDA Shamrocks program and other MDA fundraising programs, contact Fundraising Coordinator Keisha Salazar at 801-278-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mda.org.
About Associated Retail Operations:
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides products and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: www.maceys.com, www.freshmarketstores.com, www.dansfoods.com, www.linsmarketplace.com, www.dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found on the internet at www.afstores.com.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
Contact: Sarah Pettit
(801) 916. 1070
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Macey’s Bagger Andrew Hadlock Wins National “Best Bagger Champion” Award
Third Time is a Charm for the Utah National Champion
Salt Lake City, UT (Feb. 12, 2014) – Andrew Hadlock, a bagger from Sandy Macey’s has been named the national winner of the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) Best Bagger Champion. Andrew won the coveted title after defeating 26 competitors from other states at the 2014 NGA show held in Las Vegas, NV on Feb. 11.
The competition is judged in four areas: speed, proper bag building techniques, distribution of weight between bags, style, attitude and appearance.
Hadlock, is not new to the bagging competition. He has won the state award for Utah two previous times, in 2009 and 2010. However, this is the first time he has won the national title, as well as a $10,000 grand prize, a “Golden Grocery Bag” trophy, and a Pan-Oston golden checkout stand that will be installed in Sandy Macey’s.
“Winning this award has been a major goal for me. I competed at the national competition two previous times and placed, but I made mistakes, mistakes I wanted to learn from. This year I wanted to improve in any way that I could. I practiced all the time and tried to think of all the different scenarios the judges might throw my way,” Hadlock said.
Macey’s spends time training their baggers on proper bagging techniques, not necessarily for the bagging competition, but to insure their guests’ items make it home safely.
“At Macey’s we like to ensure our guests have a happy shopping experience. That should be reflected in the way we bag our items—we want our customers to take their items home in the same condition that they were placed in the cart. We do our best to go above and beyond with customer service,” said Sandy Macey’s Store Director, Janel Grangroth “We’re so proud of Andrew. We know that he has worked hard to represent Macey’s and the state of Utah well at NGA.”
Macey’s is honoring Hadlock’s win with a celebration at Macey’s Sandy (7850 S 1300 East) on Friday Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hadlock will demonstrate his award-winning bagging skills at 10 a.m., followed by an autograph signing on free reusable bags and prize giveaways for guests (while supplies last.)
Macey’s has a tradition of national champion best baggers. Winners include: 2005 Emily Jensen from West Jordan Macey’s, 2007 Brian Bay from Sandy Macey’s, 2008 Erika Jensen from West Jordan Macey’s and now 2014 Andrew Hadlock from Sandy Macey’s.
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. “Macey’s” grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized service and genuine old-fashioned friendliness. Known for its innovation, Macey’s supermarkets offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service.. www.maceys.com
Salt Lake City, UT (October 1, 2013) – Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market have partnered with Zavers by Google and Accelitec Inc. to provide relevant digital coupons to guests who belong to Macey’s Perks or the Plus program at Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market. Shoppers will be able to find and save digital coupons on their favorite grocery store’s website. The saved digital coupons will be loaded into shoppers’ Perks or Plus account, and savings will be automatically applied when checking out at the grocery store.
Perks and Plus members will have access to over sixty national brand coupons on a weekly basis. Shoppers can pick and choose which digital coupons they like and load them directly into their Perks or Plus account through their Google account. Members will experience the benefit of this new program as they save money, save time by not having to clip and keep track of paper coupons, and have offers they want at their fingertips.
Members of the Perks or Plus program can take advantage of the digital coupons with three easy steps. Members should log into their account at the grocery store’s website and add their Google account information to their Perks or Plus account. Shoppers can then choose the coupons they want and save them to their electronic wallet. When the shopper purchases the item at Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market or Dick’s Market, the discount will automatically deduct from the total bill.
“We are excited for our guests to take advantage of our relationship with Zavers by Google and Accelitec,” said Jason Sokol, marketing director. “Combining the strength of Zavers and our Perks and Plus programs will allow our guests to be a part of the best technology in a grocery shopping experience.”
Guests at Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market should expect to see national brand coupons, combined with additional store offers each week on the store’s website. The Perks and Plus programs have provided shoppers with additional ways to save money and receive surprise benefits.
Accelitec has been a vital partner for Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market as they have worked with Google to become the essential element bringing Google and RORC, Associated Food Stores’ Point-of-Sale solution, together.
Salt Lake City, UT (September 24, 2013) -Andrew Hadlock, a bagger from Macey’s grocery store in Sandy, Utah took first place at the Utah Food Industry Association’s Annual Best Bagger Competition. Andria Webb from Lin’s Fresh Market in Hurricane, Utah took third place. Amparo Mullen from the Harmon’s organization placed second.
“We are really excited that our team members are able to enjoy these opportunities and do so well,” said John Harris, District Manager of Associated Retail Operations. “They are great ambassadors for our stores.”
Each year the Utah Food Industry Association hosts the competition for Utah’s Best Bagger. During the competition, baggers are judged and receive points in four areas: speed, proper bag building technique, distribution of weight between bags, style, attitude and appearance.
Andrew Hadlock will now represent the state of Utah during the National Grocers Association’s best bagger competition on February 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We work hard to provide an atmosphere where young people can be successful at work and develop a pattern of accomplishment for life,” said Darin Peirce, District Manager of Associated Retail Operations. “We love when their efforts are rewarded during these competitions.”
Macey’s Gives Away Free Baby Kong Kones to Kids in Celebration of Winning A National Redesign Award from Progressive Grocer
WHO: Macey’s Grocery Store
WHAT: Macey’s will be giving away free baby Kong Kones to kids ages 12 and under from 9 a.m. to noon
WHY: Free baby Kong Kones will be given away in celebration of Macey’s winning Progressive Grocer’s national 2013 Store Design Contest’s Best Rebrand Store Design award
WHEN: Friday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon
WHERE: All Macey’s locations
Salt Lake City, UT (July 23, 2013) – Progressive Grocer’s national 2013 Store Design Contest has named Macey’s Spanish Fork as the Best Rebrand Store Design. In celebration of the national award, Macey’s will be giving away free Baby Kong Kones in all locations on July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 12 and under.
The award was given to Macey’s for the significant changes that took place in the store and to the brand. Each department in the store was completely updated with new décor and packaging that reflects Macey’s modern day shopper.
So far, three of 11 Macey’s stores have been remodeled, Macey’s in Spanish Fork, West Jordan, and Provo.
To view the article about Macey’s and the best Rebrand Store Design, visit page 43 in July’s issue of Progressive Grocer by clicking here.
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rosepark, Utah. “Macey’s” grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized service and genuine old-fashioned friendliness.
Known for its innovation, Macey’s supermarkets offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and a non-foods department and above all, friendly service. More information can be found at maceys.com