About UsProviding the people of Sanford, Michigan and the surrounding shopping area with quality food and related products at competitive prices and with awesome service.
How We Got Started
Food Center is a family-owned grocery store company serving the needs of its customers in the Sanford, Michigan area. After working for a large grocery chain for some time, Bob Meyette and Bob Lowell felt they could better serve the needs of their local community by opening their own independant grocery store. That’s when they found the Sanford location, and in the summer of 1973, opened the Sanford IGA. Shortly thereafter, in 1978, they opened the Auburn IGA together.
After buying the stores from their fathers in 2006, Rob Meyette and Rob Lowell plan to continue the business of being “everything our customers need us to be.” So, in 2011, we partnered with SpartanNash to vastly expand our available products. In January of 2021, the Auburn location was acquired by Rogers Family Foods, while Sanford Food Center remains wholly-owned by the Meyettes and Lowells. Our customers tell us it’s not the name that matters nearly as much as the small-town service, convenience, and the fact that they don’t have to wait in lines.
It is our purpose to provide the people of Sanford, Michigan and the surrounding shopping area with quality food and related products at competitive prices and with awesome service.
To accomplish this, our company must provide its customers with quality products and services on a consistent basis. In doing this, we seek to develop long-term relationships, based not only upon the value of the products and services we offer, but upon a sense of mutual trust and respect. our responsibility is to recognize the needs of our customers and to be responsive to those needs.
We believe the success of any organization depends on how it services human needs through the combined efforts of its people. As we join together to serve our community, we recognize that we, as employees, also have needs that are of importance. Our company will strive to serve the needs of its employees as well as the needs of our community.
Rob Meyette and Rob Lowell
Through both growth and change, our core values remain focused on quality products, fair prices, and awesome service.