2600 Haven Ave
Joliet, IL 60433
In a city of big stores, Central Grocers helps neighborhood markets stay afloat. Founded in 1917, the cooperative wholesale food distributor is owned by some 225 members.
It supplies 40,000 food items and general merchandise to more than 400 independent grocery stores, serving several states such as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Central Grocers distributes products under both national brands and its own Centrella brand, which is marketed exclusively to its member stores.
The co-op also operates about 30 stores under a handful of banner names, including Strack & Van Til, Town & Country, Key Market, and the low-cost Ultra Foods chain.