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1986 - 1996

AWG growth continued through acquisitions. AWG members bought 40 Food Barn stores and 29 Homeland stores, and the former Homeland warehouse in Oklahoma City became AWG’s third division. Valu Merchandisers, AWG’s wholly-owned subsidiary supplying health and beauty care products and general merchandise, came on line offering a selection of more than 12,000 items from its 219,000 square foot facility in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Store development continued with the Sun Fresh and Apple Market concepts gaining acceptance as consumer demand for variety in perishables increased. The Best Choice Save-A-Label program was introduced, with over 3,000 charitable organizations participating. With a product line of more than 1,589 items, AWG house brand sales topped $374 million in 1996.

The addition of 100 docks and 296,676 square feet
 
to the Kansas City warehouse brought AWG’s combined warehouse space to more than 2.3 million square feet. Sales for 1996 topped $3 billion for the first time.
 
 
             
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