Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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 www.afstores.com.
- Davis Food & Drug owner Jim Davis to be inducted into the Utah Food Industry Association’s Hall of Fame