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Local Grocery Stores Donate $100,092.44 to Make-A-Wish Utah

September 23, 2016


Local Grocery Stores Donate More than $100,000 to Make-A-Wish® Utah

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raise money through annual drive

Salt Lake City, UT (September 23, 2016) The wishes of multiple Utah children will finally become a reality thanks to several local grocery stores. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah during the August star icon drive. The money raised will grant 20 wishes Utah children facing life-threatening medical conditions. As the top-selling store, Lin’s in Cedar City, Utah will host a wish proclamation (wish reveal) party in early 2017 for one child waiting to receive their wish.

From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way they could with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, south district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

Associated Retail Operations has granted more than 95 wishes since partnering with Make-A-Wish® Utah in 2010.

“It’s inspiring to see this many community grocery stores participate in a statewide campaign to help grant wishes to local children,” said Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish® Utah CEO. “This annual fundraiser is successful because of the generosity of store employees and guests. Wishes could not be granted without the support of amazing individuals and organizations. Associated Retail Operations and their guests are true community partners.”


About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Dick’s Market—
Fresh Market—

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel


About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.


Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:

Kelsey DiTommaso | Marketing Manager

(801) 305-1935 o | (972) 765-0325 c


Lee’s Marketplace is Coming to Heber City

August 24, 2016


Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

 Local grocer set to purchase Day’s Market in September

Logan, UT (August 23, 2016) Lee’s Marketplace is coming to Heber City. The locally owned grocer announced today that it plans to purchase Day’s Market in Heber City and transition the store to a Lee’s Marketplace. The sale is expected to be finalized on September 26, 2016.

“We are excited to bring Lee’s to the Heber community and are looking forward to getting to know our new shoppers,” said Jonathan Badger, president of Lee’s Marketplace. “We have the deepest respect for Day’s Market and have worked with them for years as members of Associated Food Stores.”

Badger anticipates a smooth transition of the 40,000 square-foot store. Lee’s is committed to ensuring guests continue to receive excellent customer service and quality products at the Heber City store. Guests can expect to find their favorite products throughout the store including freshest produce, scratch bakery, designer floral and in-store butcher. Lee’s plans to add more organic produce and specialty foods throughout the store as well. The pharmacy will continue to care for existing and new patients without disruption. As part of Lee’s commitment to a smooth change, the store will remain open during the transition.

Lee’s Marketplace currently has three stores in Logan, Smithfield and North Ogden, with a fourth store under construction in North Salt Lake that is expected to open later this fall. Lee’s Marketplace is committed to serving their communities through quality products, friendly service, clean and bright stores and multiple community partnerships.

For more information about Lee’s MarketPlace, visit their website


About Lee’s Marketplace
Lee’s Marketplace opened in 1981 when Lee and Shari Badger purchased Jack’s Foodtown in Smithfield, Utah. The family-owned grocer specializes in clean, bright and friendly stores while offering shoppers a designer floral department, chef-inspired deli, scratch-bakery, full-service butcher and friendly pharmacy. Lee’s focuses on providing shoppers with a hometown feel while staying involved in the communities they serve. They currently have three locations in Smithfield, Logan and North Ogden, Utah.

Lee's Heber


Jim Davis to Be Inducted into UFIA Hall of Fame

August 22, 2016


Jim Davis

Utah Food Industry Association to recognize seasoned retailer during August Conference

Salt Lake City, UT (August 22, 2016) Jim Davis, owner of Davis Food & Drug, will receive top recognition this week at the Utah Food Industry Association’s (UFIA) annual conference. The seasoned retailer will be inducted into the UFIA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the grocery industry and his community. The conference and award ceremony will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah on August 23, 2016.

Davis began his 46-year grocery career as a bagger at Safeway in 1970, working his way through various departments until he was made a store manager. In 1988, Davis became a store owner when he opened his first stores, Davis Food & Drug, in Vernal and Roosevelt, Utah. Today, Davis works with his son’s Lee and CJ to operate four stores in Vernal, LaVerkin, Roosevelt and West Valley, Utah. His commitment to the grocery industry has been strengthened by his participation and leadership in multiple Associated Food Stores committees as well as his time as Chairman of the Board for UFIA.

Davis understands the importance of community and giving back to those who have made his stores successful. He adopted the motto “Hometown Proud” for his stores and continues to support the theme. During his career, he has been a member of and served on multiple boards for the Tri-County Economic Development Board, Shriners Hospital for Children, Vernal Rotary and multiple other organizations.

“It is a very humbling, gratifying and surprising acknowledgement. For 46 years I have enjoyed being involved in the grocery business and to receive an award and recognition of this level is indeed flattering,” Davis said of the Hall of Fame induction.

Since 1980, UFIA has recognized the retailers and suppliers that make significant contributions to the grocery industry and community with Hall of Fame induction. Inductees are nominated and voted for by the Board of Directors. Davis joins fellow Associated Food Stores retailers Gerald Day, Stan Barrett and Ken Macey among others as members of the Hall of Fame.


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and strong chain-store competition. The Utah-based wholesaler is the only independently-owned wholesaler in the Intermountain Wests and serves more than 400 independent retailers through multiple services beyond grocery including store engineering and development, financial services, insurance services, marketing, advertising, retail technology and more. For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel

Primary Children’s to Reopen Angel Garden

July 29, 2016

Primary Children’s to Reopen Angel Garden, Thanks to Donors

The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital on Monday will reopen as a redesigned refuge for patients, families and staff — thanks to generous gifts from the community.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive in Salt Lake City (north entrance)

VISUALS: Four-year-old Dash Johnson, a patient at Primary Children’s whose family spearheaded the garden’s renewal project, will help cut the ribbon to open the garden. Dash will be joined by other patients as the garden’s first official visitors. Patients, donors, and hospital leaders will tour the garden, which includes more than 1,000 new plants and trees and legacy monuments, including the Butterfly Angel statue, a commissioned 5-foot bronze.

STORY OF THE ANGEL GARDEN: The garden renovation was funded by a generous gift from Macey’s Food Stores. Pendleton Design Management donated gardening design and labor, as well as future garden maintenance. Night Vision donated the lighting design and installation.

“We know miracles happen each day at Primary Children’s—and as your local grocer, we are humbled to help the children and families at Primary Children’s,” said Darin Peirce, division manager Associated Retail Operations.  “Macey’s Food Stores are happy to help make the renovation of the Angel Garden possible, as we know that some of the best medicine is found in nature where children can feel the sunshine, hear birds chirping, enjoy the beautiful pond and get a breath of fresh air.”

For nearly two decades, the Angel Garden has provided Primary Children’s patients, parents, and staff a place of solace, healing, and calm. Located near the hospital entrance, the garden includes lighting that can be programmed to change colors with holidays and seasons and a water feature mimicking a mountain stream and pond. The Angel Garden is medically safe, and includes wheelchair-accessible pathways and electrical outlets for medical devices. It also maintains its legacy monuments, including the Celebration of Life plaque, Memorial Tree, and centerpiece Butterfly Angel statue.

“We’ve all experienced the healing power of nature,” Primary Children’s CEO Katy Welkie said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be reopening the Angel Garden for our patients, parents, and staff to serve as a refuge in their individual storms of life.”

The original garden was created with support by donations from actress Roma Downey and the cast and crew of the 1990s TV program, “Touched By An Angel,” which was filmed in Utah and in which Downey starred. The garden’s renewal follows the reconstruction of the hospital entrance.


CONTACT:  Jennifer Toomer-Cook, Primary Children’s Hospital: 801-631-3484 or

Grocery Shopping Goes Digital at Fresh Market in Kaysville

July 27, 2016



Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

 Salt Lake City, UT (July 25, 2016) Between long days at the pool, family get-togethers and vacations, there isn’t always enough time to grocery shop. Fresh Market in Kaysville is helping shoppers save time and make the most of their summer days with the launch of Fresh Market to Go, an online shopping and curbside pickup service. The program is part of a partnership with eCommerce company Rosie and available exclusively at the Kaysville location.

“Fresh Market to Go makes it possible to get the groceries you need, even when you don’t have a lot of time,” said Steve Bitter, Customer Service Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations and Fresh Market. “We’ve trained our personal shoppers to shop for you the way you would shop for yourself. If they have any questions about your order, they’ll call or text you to make sure we provide exactly what you want.”

Fresh Market to Go makes grocery shopping simple with four easy steps. To get started, guests create a free Fresh Market to Go account on the store’s website. With their account, shoppers can select needed items and fill their cart. After they have everything they need, they can pay and select a time to pick up their order. When they arrive at the store, they park in one of the designated Fresh Market to Go stalls and text the Fresh Market to Go team to have their order brought out to their car.

There is a small convenience fee for the service, but Fresh Market to Go shoppers will benefit from all in-store ads, sales and promotions. Kaysville is the first Fresh Market location to launch the service. Guests have responded extremely well to similar programs at Fresh Market’s sister stores, Macey’s and Lin’s.

Reporters interested in trying Fresh Market to Go should contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or



About Fresh Market
Fresh Market opened in 2009 when Associated Food Stores acquired several stores from Albertsons and currently operates under the Associated Retail Operations banner of Associated Food Stores. With an emphasis on fresh and local products tied with exceptional customer service, Fresh Market serves multiple communities with more than 20 locations throughout Utah.  For more information about Fresh Market and to find the nearest location, visit

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web; Rosie launched in July 2013 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading local retailers and their wholesalers to provide e-commerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit for company information and to sign up for a free account. Like us at Follow us on