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Alex Lee – 2023 Business. Well Crafted. Award Winner [Video]

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Alex Lee – 2023 Business. Well Crafted. Award Winner

Alex Lee received the Business. Well Crafted. Award in 2023. Presented by the City of Hickory’s Business Development Committee, the Business. Well Crafted. Awards annually honor businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs that support and affirm the City of Hickory’s vision for economic vitality.

Founded in 1931 and headquartered in Hickory, Alex Lee is a family owned and operated company that employs approximately 15,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets; Souto Foods, a distributor of authentic Hispanic foods; and Import Mex, a distributor of Mexican and Central American products. Alex Lee is also the parent company of Lowes Foods, which includes nearly 85 full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. In addition, Alex Lee, Inc. is the parent company of W. Lee Flowers & Company, which operates approximately 60 IGA and KJ’s Market grocery stores and provides wholesale distribution to supermarkets.

Alex Lee is expanding its Hickory distribution center capacity with an addition of 200,000 square feet of automated ambient warehouse space and the conversion of additional space to perishable warehouse space. In 2023, Alex Lee acquired a company in Florida, Import Mex, which expands its distribution area and variety of products. Shared services for the new distribution center are supported out of Hickory, North Carolina.

Alex Lee and its subsidiaries are heavily involved in the Hickory community. The company supports local nonprofits like the SALT Block Foundation, United Arts Council, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Art Museum, Hickory Choral Society, Western Piedmont Symphony, Second Harvest Foodbank, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Sipes Orchard Home, Carolina Caring, Habitat for Humanity, Exodus, YMCA, and others. Lowes Foods sponsors the City of Hickory’s annual Christmas parade. Alex Lee also supports education foundations and programs like the K-64 initiative, as well as the area’s educational institutions, which include Catawba Valley Community College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Appalachian State University in Hickory.

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