Who is Alex Lee
"If your customers are successful and your suppliers are successful, then you will be successful."
This was the philosophy of Moses George, when he purchased Merchants Produce Company, with its 12 employees, 3 trucks and a warehouse.
This is the philosophy that has stood the test of time for three generations, under the leadership of his young sons, Alex and Lee, as the company evolved into one of the largest food retail and distribution companies in the South-Eastern United States. All without losing its home grown roots or its focus on customers, employees and the community.
85 years later, Alex Lee works as a unifying force, guiding and supporting its two operating companies - Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI), a wholesale grocery distributor operating in 12 different states with more than 1500 employees; and Lowes Foods, LLC, a grocery retailer with over 100 stores.
Why do our customers believe in us? Because we never take them for granted. We work harder and smarter in order to always matter, to stay relevant, and to make a real difference.
Testament to our superior service is how we've helped thousands of independent supermarkets stand up and win against national chains and discount retailers.
Making a real difference is something that matters to our people. It's what keeps them here for the long term and gives them reason and purpose that extends beyond the norm. Our employees would also say that being part of a privately-held, family-owned business stands in stark contrast to many other companies. We have the freedom to think bigger and reach higher, without the bureaucracy of red tape getting in the way.
We also benefit from the inheritance of a value system that has guided our founders, and the generations following them, on their journey forward.
What's more, we have access to a culture that upholds continuity vs short-term results and balances, with a passion for embracing the new and yet-to-be-thought-of.
Employees are the strength of our company. Our vision is to be a progressive, profitable company that is always improving results and is recognized by its employees for providing opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally: appreciated by its customers and suppliers for providing quality products and services as efficiently as possible; respected by its communities for the value it and its employees add; and admired for its integrity.
It is the policy of Alex Lee to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. This policy applies to all the terms and conditions of employment including (but not limited to) hiring, placement, training, compensation, transfer, promotion, leave of absence, termination, lay-off, and recall.
It is also the policy of Alex Lee to provide superior employee benefits. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental, short and long term disability, life, pension, 401-K, paid vacation, and paid holidays. There are part-time benefits available for part-time employees.
Our executive level opportunities will see you working with some of the strongest players in the industry in a privately owned company that encourages free thinking through a deliberately flat structure.
To most of our executives, who may have built a career in public companies, the opportunity to focus on doing good work without a politically toxic environment is liberating.
It's amazing to see what happens when you take authentic Values, home grown roots and challenging goals, and blend it with fluidity and agility. Fresh thinking and ground-breaking ideas are just the beginning.
We are looking for the brightest minds to join us on our journey to see what happens next!
In our 85 year history we've learned the value of nurturing deep connections within the communities we serve.
We give back to our communities in order to make them better places to live. Our long-standing relationships with local food banks, local education and arts programs, as well as other national organizations are focused on improving the health and welfare of our communities.
What the George family began - and are still very much part of today - seems to empower us all. In reality, we are all custodians of the same vision:
This is our Vision
We will be a progressive, profitable company that is always improving results and is recognized by its employees for providing opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally; appreciated by its customers and suppliers for providing quality products and services as efficiently as possible; respected by its communities for the value it and its employees add; and admiried for its integrity.
Customers are the focus of everything we do. Our mission is to provide exceptional value in products and services.
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Alex Lee is an excellent company with strong values. I was hired directly out of college and have worked into the role I currently have. The company offers strong benefits, competitive pay, great security and the people I work with are excellent.
Very traditional culture, but becoming more progressive.
Wholesale groceries are only part of the story for Alex Lee. The company is a leading distributor of food and other products to retailers and foodservice operators. Its Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI) subsidiary supplies food and general merchandise to more than 850 retailers in 10 mostly southeastern states, and MDI's own Consolidation Services business provides ...
Mission: Customers are the focus of everything we do. Our mission is to provide exceptional value in products and services.