AWG Congratulates Jimmy Nichols as Recipient of 2022 Retailer of the Year TGCSA Award

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association (TGCSA) Retailer of the Year is selected annually to recognize distinguished leaders of grocery and convenience store operating companies who are members of the industry association. This recognition by the association is based on exemplary service to the food industry and the communities it serves and includes excellence in retail operations, service to the association, leadership and individual standards. .

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is very proud to see Jimmy Nichols, President and COO of Houchens Food Group and member of the AWG Board of Directors, receive this prestigious industry award. David Smith, President and CEO of AWG, said, “As a Tennessean native, former TGCSA board member and longtime friend of Jimmy Nichols, it’s such a pleasure for me to see Jimmy receive this award. He has valiantly served the industry for nearly four decades in various leadership roles. Although he has a full plate running a major multi-state company, he finds time to help the entire industry, support the communities they serve, and remain a bold ambassador for the local independent grocer.


Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler for independent supermarkets, serving more than 1,100 member businesses and more than 3,200 locations in 28 states from 9 wholesale divisions. AWG’s consolidated sales are $10.8 billion. In addition to its cooperative wholesale operations, the Company also operates subsidiaries that provide certain property development and supermarket services, print and digital marketing services, health and beauty care, general merchandise, pharmaceuticals, specialty foods, and natural and organic products. For more information, visit and follow @AWGCorporate on Twitter.

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