In the late 1950s, two of Alberta’s independent grocers, Wilson Lee and Bob Cherot, recognized the need to develop an independent wholesale that put independent grocers in control of where they were going. Lee and Cherot brought 39 of them together in January of 1960, and formed Alberta Grocer Wholesale Ltd.
In 1967, Alberta Grocers acquired Sun Fruit Company, a fruit wholesale, and began operating it as a subsidiary. Then, in 1983, Alberta Grocers amalgamated with the foodservice company, The Grocery People, and adopted the name, realizing it was a better fit for a company that no longer operated solely in Alberta.
In 1992, TGP became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Co-operatives Limited, and the produce supplier to all Co-op stores across Western Canada. TGP began expanding its retail and foodservice base into Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario using FCL’s distribution centres in Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
Today, TGP operates a head office and state of the art, 437, 000 sq. ft. distribution facility in Edmonton, AB, a produce wholesale operation based in Calgary, AB, and regional branch offices and warehouse facilities in Kamloops, BC, Saskatoon, SK, and Winnipeg, MB; all of which support community based, family owned and operated retail stores and foodservice establishments.