Fruit and vegetable stand grows to regional food distributor

11:18 AM, Jul 15, 2011   |    comments
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The family attributes their companies success to a rich tradition in family values.

In 1940, Drew and Gwen's great-grandfather, C.R. Yancey moved from California to Colorado, and started a small fruit and vegetable stand that became a family passion.

C.R's son, Ed Yancey followed in his father's footsteps, joining the company in the 1960s.

When Ed took the reins, he began to expand, adding groceries, meet, dariy and some non-food items to their inventory.

Then Ed's son Greg came along in the 1980s. Now C.R's great grandchildren have joined the company.

For over 70 years, the Yancey family has grown their company from 100 customers to about 1,800, with more than 4,500 items in their inventory.

As the company has grown so has the Yancey family.

"To be able to come to this place, see employees grow up, see employees that we've grown up with, that have seen us grow up, and to be able to work with my dad, and my sister, is really great," Drew Yancey said.

While the company has expanded, Gwen Valles said Yancey's takes pride in a lot of the same things her great-grandfather did-providing fresh produce, and being a local company.

Today, Yancey's is still known for their fresh produce, for providing products made and grown in Colorado, and partnering with non-profit organizations that give back to the community.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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