The United Family chain is marking its centennial anniversary this year.
Founded as United Cash Store in Sayre, Okla. in 1916, United has grown
into a 66-unit supermarket chain, operating stores under the United
Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Amigos banners, as
well as United Express fuel and convenience stores throughout West Texas,
Dallas/Ft. Worth and Eastern New Mexico.
To commemorate a century of service, the company, now a wholly-owned division of Albertsons, has planned an entire year of initiatives to
benefit and improve the communities it serves. The celebration kicked
off on Jan. 16, when a birthday party was held at all stores and 100,000
cupcakes were given away.
In January, United also launched Shop to Support Schools, a school
donation program that challenges community members to get involved
and help improve the future of local children. It will also donate 100,000
pounds of apples to local food banks in April.
Beginning May 31, The United Family will celebrate 100 Days of Giving,
presenting $1,000 to a different non-profit for 100 consecutive days, for
a total $100,000 donation. The company will donate 100,000 additional
pounds of food to local food banks in June in preparation for fall and
winter when donations are needed most, say company officials. And
before Thanksgiving, The United Family will distribute 1,200 special 100th
Anniversary stuffed animals to children’s hospitals in 12 markets.
“Reaching our 100th anniversary is a remarkable accomplishment, and
a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all our team members
through the years, as well as our loyal guests in each of our communities,”
says Robert Taylor, CEO of The United Family, based in Lubbock, Texas.
“Most importantly, this celebration is a tribute to the [founding] Snell fam-
ily, because without their vision and leadership, United wouldn’t be the
beloved supermarket it is today.”
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