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  2006-PRESENT  
     

1996 - 2006

AWG enjoyed the most dynamic growth in its 80+year history during these ten years. Sales grew from $3.1 billion to $4.95 billion – a 60% increase. This growth came from a combination of three things: new members, acquisition of new distribution centers, and an increase in store sales from existing members.
In 2003, AWG expanded into the southeastern United States with the acquisition of two grocery distribution centers: a 737,000 square foot facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee  
and a 675,000 square foot warehouse in Southaven, Mississippi. These facilities have added to AWG’s profitability through increased sales and they continue to bring new members into the AWG family.

The 2003 acquisition also included a distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee now operated by AWG’s Valu Merchandisers (VMC) subsidiary. VMC supplies general merchandise and specialty foods to its customers from their Memphis facility and healthy and beauty care products from its Fort Scott, Kansas warehouse. Increased sales usually bring improvements in profitability, and that’s exactly what happened during this time period. AWG’s financial picture had never been stronger.
 
 
             
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