Alex Lee/MDI

Alex Lee/MDI

Alex Lee/MDI

Alex Lee was founded in 1931 when two Lebanese brothers, Alex and Lee George, purchased Merchants Produce Company in Hickory, NC. The company had 12 employees, 3 trucks, and 5,000 square feet of warehouse space. In addition to small grocery stores, they serviced restaurants, schools, hospitals and mill stores. By 1938, they had expanded to supply area grocery stores with all the goods they needed to operate. Fast forward many decades, innovations and acquisitions to today, with approximately 10,000 employees, we, as Alex Lee, Inc., continue to operate and grow in the same way we began: by focusing on our customers, respecting our employees, and keeping our entrepreneurial spirit alive.

We are family at Alex Lee. The company has been family owned for over 85 years and that sense of close personal connections still exist. Alex Lee is a company that focuses on doing the right thing. By its partners, customers, and employees. Values still matter here. People keep their work and commitments to each other. All people are treated with dignity and respect. And that will never change. But we embrace change in many other ways. With tools, technology, and keeping up with the ever-changing needs of our customers and guests.

We want employees who are passionate to contribute, innovate, and grow. And as you drive value and grow your skills, we offer you a wide variety of reasons to stay here. We are always looking for the great people who want to join a driven and evolving family company. Where we work hard, learn fast, and treat each other with respect. Join us.  
Hickory, North Carolina, United States Hickory, North Carolina, United States

Company Information

We will be a progressive, profitable company that is always improving results and is recognized by its employees for providing opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally; appreciated by its customers and suppliers for providing quality products and services as efficiently as possible; respected by its communities for the value it and its employees add; and admired for its integrity.

Merchants Distributors (MDI) is a privately-owned wholesale grocery store distributor headquartered in Hickory, NC. MDI supplies over 600 retail food stores with food and non-food items in NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, AL, WV, OH, FL, PA and KY.

We celebrated our 85th anniversary on September 21, 2016. Our 85 year history is an interesting story of sacrifice, growth and success. It
began as a small family business in the small town of Hickory, North Carolina, and as one local newspaper described it, “With little more than a bag of peanuts, an apple, and a stick of candy.” What Lebanese immigrant Moses George and his sons purchased in 1931 for $17,000 has since grown to become a multimillion-dollar wholesale grocery company that employs more than seventeen hundred workers in the Southeast.