On February 18, 1947, the day that Ken McKenzie, Curtis McKenzie, and Woodrow Brittain founded the company, growth wasn't the top priority. “There were at least 50 or so other grocery warehouses within a 100 mile radius of Grocery Supply Company,” remembered Kenneth McKenzie, “We provided products and reliable service while building trust and confidence between us and the customer.” It was that trust and confidence that enabled the company to grow. Within a few years, GSC began to outgrow the warehouse in Mt. Vernon. And in 1953, within just six years, the three partners began expanding. By 1965, after several expansions, GSC had again outgrown the available space and moved into 42,000 square feet of space at its current location in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Today, after 14 major expansions, the warehouse has over 400,000 square feet of available space under one roof. From the beginning, Grocery Supply Company began operating with a simple philosophy, "to provide our customers with the best". That motivating belief underscores everything that has been and that continues to be Grocery Supply Company.
Families Serving Families
Founded in 1947, by Curtis McKenzie, Kenneth McKenzie and Woodrow Brittain, the company prospered under their leadership. Today, Grocery Supply Company is GSC Enterprises, Inc., and operates two primary business segments: c-store distribution and financial services. The c-store distribution segment serves customers throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi. GSC remains a family owned and operated business, with Michael K. McKenzie (second generation) serving as Chairman of the Board and Ryan McKenzie (third generation) serving as Chief Operating Officer. The McKenzie family is not only devoted to its employees and customers, but also, its community. A desire to serve all stakeholders is at the heart of GSC's core values.
What You Want, When You Want It
Grocery Supply Company operates on a simple slogan, "Big Enough For The Job, Small Enough To Care". Our dedication to customer service means we will work with you, one-on-one, to meet your specific needs. Whether you run a multi-state grocery chain or a single convenience store, we apply this same approach to every one of our distribution services. Every GSC customer is assigned an account coordinator and a customer service representative who will work with you individually to meet all your special ordering needs. Whether it's special quantities or specific hard-to-find items, you get the reassurance of personal attention. Our size and strength give us the buying power and transport capabilities to get you what you want. Our up-to-the-minute technology makes sure that our customers are immediately aware of all special purchasing opportunities. Plus, we are able to set up special billing and credit procedures based on your particular needs. But the most important part of our business is delivering you the product, and we treat it that way. All of our deliveries are coordinated and confirmed electronically. So you get exactly what you want...when you want it. Delivered accurately. On-time…in good condition.
On The Technology Highway!
Grocery Supply Company, because of its strong customer focus, has an advanced understanding of the evolving EDI/ technology needs of today's retailers. Grocery Supply Company has moved forward to invest in the people and equipment to address the technology demands of our customers. On June 1, 2009, GSC moved to an IBM iSeries system to better service the needs of our customers as well as the needs of GSC operations. The IBM iSeries gives GSC more flexibility to provide technolgy support to our customers as well as our end users at GSC. Using the internet, GSC eCare gives the customer real-time access to their account information. GSC also offers the latest technology for handheld order machines that includes scanning by UPC, account order history, and item information to assist in the order process. Our goal is to ensure that our customers receive service that is second to none. Our system can be tailor-made to fit our customer's specific needs and provide constantly updated data in all areas of operation such as: price books, invoices, price changes, retail changes, and more. This rapid technology also allows GSC to provide change data for in-store scanners and printed shelf labels. Combined with the support of our knowledgeable professionals, new applications are being developed daily. As a customer of Grocery Supply Company, you can depend on GSC to provide the technology solutions you need in order to be successful.
The Road Ahead
We enjoy servicing a diverse group of c-store operators, and it is our ultimate goal to meet their needs. We serve each of them with the same combination of customer service, professionalism, advanced technology, and fair prices that have become synonymous with Grocery Supply Company. We started as a family business and have always believed that no matter how big you become, you must continue to treat your employees and your customers like members of a family. It's that philosophy that has brought us to this point in time and will keep us rolling in the years to come.
The Mission of the
To develop and maintain a
partnership association with our
customers and vendors.
To provide the safest possible
environment and encourage
pride and team spirit
for our employees.
To constantly strive for
excellence in our community
and the industry.