About Us

It's Because of Our People

The Culture of MDI

MDI believes that all employees will be treated in an honest, fair, and kind manner by their fellow employees and by management.

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.

Humble Beginnings

We celebrated our 75th anniversary on September 21, 2006. Our 75 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.

Building Blocks For Success

Merchants Distributors is a great American success story but it is a company that has never forgotten its roots. Our success is based on:

It's Because of Our People

MDI's true greatness lies within the people it serves and employs. We want to win people's hearts and minds, not just their hands. We want people to have jobs for life.

The Road Ahead

MDI remains poised for tremendous growth but its mission of providing exceptional value and unmatched customer service - a mission that began with Moses George in 1931 - will always remain unchanged.