Food co-operative Associated Food Stores shined the spotlight on employees yesterday in recognition of the new IMF-The Food Industry Association Supermarket Employees Day event.
Proclaimed by the IMF last month, Supermarket Employees Day calls on businesses and organizations in the sector to set aside February 22 to honor grocers and the key role they play in feeding and supporting the health of the communities they serve, by especially since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. IMF has created a online suite of turnkey tools and resources to help members mark the occasion.
Associated Food Stores said Tuesday that its team received 5% off all purchases made on February 22, plus a thank you card with an “I am essential” wristband. The Salt Lake City-based company noted that its employees “did not back down in the face of last year’s panic buying, hurricane winds, earthquakes and the ongoing fight against COIVD-19. “.
“I am constantly impressed by our hardworking and enthusiastic team. They come to work regardless of what’s going on in the outside world because they know the work they’re doing serves a larger purpose,” David Rice, president of retail at Associated Food Stores, said in a statement. . “Without our team, we couldn’t do what we do. Supermarkets are essential, which makes our team essential. I want our team to know how much I appreciate and admire them for all they do.
Additionally, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a statement to observe Feb. 22 as Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day in the state, which has nearly 43,000 food retail workers. The statement says that supermarket workers “provide access to safe, healthy and affordable food…work to improve the health and well-being of every customer…and contribute and volunteer countless hours in their communities”.
cox too recorded a video to thank and thank the associated food stores and other state supermarket employees.
“I want all grocery store employees in Utah to know how much we appreciate you. The entire state of Utah recognizes that you are important and [your] critical efforts, and we are grateful to you and for the work you do,” Cox said in the video. “Grocery stores have always played and always will play a vital role for our state – a role that I think many of us took for granted but which became very apparent when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.”
Associated Food Stores owns and operates approximately 35 grocery stores in Utah under five banners – Lin’s, Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dick’s Fresh Market and Dan’s Fresh Market – and supplies more than 400 retailers in eight states through its distribution center in Farr West, Utah. The Company’s retail operations also include Ace hardware stores.
All photos courtesy of Associated Food Stores.