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Merchants Distributors Overview

Hickory, NC
1001 to 5000 employees
Alex Lee
Company - Private
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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 ... Read more

Mission: Customers are the focus of everything we do. Our mission is to provide exceptional value in products and services.

Merchants Distributors – Why Work For Us?

Merchants Distributors (MDI) is a privately-owned wholesale grocery store distributor headquartered in Hickory, NC. With over 1,300 employees, MDI is the largest grocery wholesaler in the Southeast United States supplying over 600 retail food stores with food and non-food items in 12 states. Additionally, MDI exports to over 20 countries.

Why MDI?

At MDI we understand and support the American Dream. After all, we ourselves are a great American success story.

Our grocery distribution chain, our facilities, our cost of goods, our advertising programs and our innovations are what make us successful, but it takes more than that to give us the substance to lead powerfully and to create new ideas.

It is our belief that true greatness lies within the people we serve and employ. Our unique culture of family inspires us to work together to reach a common goal. As such, we are unsurpassed in helping customers we support to reach their full potential.

We know that it is hard work to create real value every day – and that’s what drives us. We know that when you go further and challenge the limits, you make it possible for the exceptional to happen. It is this relentless passion that connects us as a united team. No matter which department or state you are in, we are all working towards a goal of creating independence and growth for our customers, and building on our proud legacy of true entrepreneurship.

As you well know, every truck is only as efficient as its engine. And its driver. At MDI, this is the defining difference between us and the other guys. In fact, it’s the reason we lead the way – and that’s why you’ll find the competition a few roads behind. 

Click on the Our Values and Careers tabs to find the answers to the why and the how.

What We Stand For

Consider this: We are a family-owned business that started in Hickory, North Carolina back in 1931. Moses George, a Lebanese immigrant, and his two sons purchase a struggling produce distribution company for $17,000. (You know where this story’s going). Now a billion dollar business employing more than 1,300 people, MDI today is one of the largest employers in the Southeast.

We’ve walked the talk. In fact, we’ve gone further – we’ve driven the talk. MDI is a living testament to the American Dream at its best. Opportunity. Freedom. Independence.

You may even share in the values and the unique culture of MDI. We hope you do.

How Driven Are You?

We’re looking for the heavy lifters out there. Who know they are strong at heart. Mentally tough. Passionate. Industrious. The will-not-quit-till-the-job-is-done-well few. Those who want to build more than their careers, and who are ready to put into practice the cherished principles and values that they got from their parents and their country in an environment that will allow them to do exactly that.

With hard work comes just rewards. We offer exceptional salary and benefits. More than that, as a privately-owned business we are able to provide an environment to truly grow, to achieve a good work-life balance and to implement the family values that have helped us as a company to set our course. We recognize the importance of family and host numerous family events throughout the year.

Moses George always said: “We want to win people’s hearts and minds, not just their hands.” Therefore, we take great pride in knowing that we have generations of families working at MDI.

Many of our people start and end their life-long careers with us. They flourish as they build lives and pursue career growth based on the confidence and freedom that the MDI culture has been able to foster.

This is what makes us stand out. 

We need more driven people at MDI.

If you want to help others build their dreams as you build yours, you’re headed in the right direction.

Merchants Distributors Reviews

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    Good pay. Good people. I've been there 5 years and moved up twice. If you do what you're supposed to do management don't give you a hard time. It is hard work but it's honest work and They pay you good. Probably close to the best pay in the area.


    Hours are not "normal" but you can adjust easy. Working weekends, just part of the food distribution business it just has to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Great owners. Great upper management warehouse supervisors good. But it's the only place I've worked where a "lead man" dosent actually go out and do the job there lead of. They just sit in the office and look busy. I'm talking about hourly paid lead ppl not salary supervisors.

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    Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Merchants Distributors (Hickory, NC) in September 2013.


    Basic questions, Nothing special. They will not hire felons or if you have a bad back ground. Make sure you can arrive to work and get home. Give you all the positives of the company, Then not warn you of all the truths once you start working there.

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