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  HISTORY  
     
  1926-1936  
     
  1936-1946  
     
  1946-1956  
     
  1956-1966  
     
  1966-1976  
     
  1976-1986  
     
  1986-1996  
     
  1996-2006  
     
  2006-PRESENT  
     

1926 - 1936

AWG’s history dates back to 1924 when a group of 20 independent grocers met for the first time to discuss the advantages of combining their buying and advertising power. Competition was fierce in those days with national chains dominating the grocery scene. Independents struggled to compete, and a cooperative effort was viewed as the only way in which to gain market strength. For two years, the group bought collectively and stored their wares in the back of a store owned by J.C. Harline at 39th and Troost in Kansas City, Missouri.
The cooperative was a success, so in March, 1926, Articles of Incorporation were filed and Associated Grocers of Kansas City (AG) formally began. The company’s first official warehouse was located in the second floor of the Morehead Grocery Company, at 3842 Troost. Rapid growth necessitated a move in 1928 to the W.E. Murray Transfer and Storage Company where AG occupied the fourth and fifth floors.  
In 1930, the company moved again, this time to a former mattress factory on 23rd Street. The 16,000 square foot warehouse allowed AG to supply its members with a full variety of products. With three floors, a basement and their own elevator, the company had room to offer more lines of product — apparently too many, because in late 1932 disaster struck. A floor joist broke and the third floor of the warehouse settled on the first floor as the second floor collapsed. The search for a new AG warehouse was again necessary. A new 3-story brick and concrete building at 19th and Troost was leased and became AG’s home from 1933 until 1956.
 
 
             
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