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Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 070

Scope and Contents

The researcher interested in ethnic history, the rise and fall of the “mom and pop” grocery store, the development of the wholesale grocery and convenience store business, and the rise of the chain grocery concept will find this collection of interest.The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1929 - 1991

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. was organized in 1929, by eight Atlanta Jewish grocers, who met at the home of Dr. Irving Greenberg. Faced with competition from chain grocery stores, which could buy and sell items less expensively, the Jewish grocers organized a buying group that would have the economic power of the large chain stores. Associated Grocers Co-op Inc., originally founded as Atlanta Saving Stores and later known as Quality Service Stores, bought merchandise collectively, and in turn, sold it to their member owners at the lowest possible cost. At the end of each year, if the margin of markup was in excess of expenses, the excess was refunded to the member based upon the member’s purchases. The organization was owned by the member groceries, who collectively participated in setting the policy for the organization. The membership remained entirely Jewish until the 1930s, when it expanded to include grocers from the larger community, as well as from grocers and convenience store owners throughout Georgia, and some in Alabama. By the 1960s and throughout the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, the first generation of Jewish grocers were getting older and began to think of retiring. Most of the small stores were not passed down to the next generation and simply went out of business, or were sold to non-Jewish owners, often Korean-Americans. Racial strife in the 1970s also contributed to the demise of the individually-owned grocery. With fewer and fewer stores dependent on the organization, Associated Grocers Co-op closed in 1988.

Extent

12 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. was organized in 1929, by eight Atlanta Jewish grocers, who met at the home of Dr. Irving Greenberg. Faced with competition from chain grocery stores, which could buy and sell items less expensively, the Jewish grocers organized a buying group that would have the economic power of the large chain stores. The co-op later opened its rolls to non-Jewish store owners, as well as owners of convenience stores and gas stations. The records consists of financial records, general files, membership records, and minutes of the board of directors, stockholders and officers.

Arrangement

All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kenneth Ginburg and Demece Harvey. Revised to EAD format by Jeremy Katz, April 2013. Entered into ArchivesSpace by Lindsay Resnick, June 2020.
Title
Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.) Records, Mss 70
Status
Completed
Author
Kenneth Ginburg and Demece Harvey
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

Contact:
1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States
678-222-3700