After learning that United Supermarkets had been purchased by Albertsons, Lubbock residents had a lot of questions.
What would this mean for loyal customers? What changes will take place?
United corporate leaders rushed to reassure Lubbock customers that nothing would change between United and their community partners.
Whether it's helping provide school supplies for students or hosting events like Casas for CASA, United Supermarkets have always been there to lend a helping hand.
Store locations across the South Plains have served as a platform for local non-profits to raise money and promote themselves.
From raising awareness to raising money, the supermarket chain has been there from the beginning.
During United's 97 years here in West Texas, they've become a cornerstone of the community. Their support has simply become irreplaceable for prominent organizations like United Way, CASA and the South Plains Food Bank, to name a few.
LISD and United partnered together to collect school supplies in August.
LISD representative Nancy Sharp said United's help with the project was invaluable.
"United on the turn of a dime came through with a school supplies drive; then this year expanded it so we served area schools as well." Sharp said.
United provided superintendents of Lubbock and local districts with $50 gift cards to buy school supplies for kids in their district.
They had barrels available in front of store locations for weeks for shoppers to drop off donations.
They've provided millions of pounds of food to South Plains families in partnership with the South Plains Food Bank.
United has helped raise more than $356,000 for the United Way this year through the employee campaign and the Jackie Pierce Charity Golf Tournament, not to mention hosting the largest event for Casas for CASA.
"For us, that event brings in about $20 to $25,000 dollars to the agency each year. It's definitely an important, special event for us," said Jennie Hill, Executive Director for CASA.
United representatives contacted local non-profit partners on the day the sale was announced to ensure them that their service to the community will continue.
"They don't foresee any changes in the Lubbock community or in their commitment to us," Nicole Ashley with United Way.
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