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Alaska Commercial Company is a retail company which provides groceries and general merchandise in stores throughout Alaska. We have a compelling and authentic story with which few retailers in North America can compare. We are proud of our long tradition of providing food and general merchandise to rural Alaskans. Our history is interwoven with the history of Alaska. For the past 150 years Alaska Commercial Company has earned a special reputation in rural Alaska. We are Alaska’s trusted community store of choice, and the retail employer of choice in rural Alaska.

In 1776, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, granted trading rights to the Russian American Trading Company and began exchanging goods and services for furs, gold and other items at trading posts throughout Alaska. When the United States bought Alaska from Russia in 1867, the company was sold to San Francisco merchants Lewis Gerstle and Louis Sloss and was renamed the Alaska Commercial Company. From 1868 to the Gold Rush Days of the early 1900s, Alaska Commercial Company was a provider of groceries and general merchandise for trappers, explorers and gold seekers.

In 1992, the company was purchased by The North West Company (NWC) from then owner The Commercial Enterprise Development Corporation of Alaska. This acquisition by NWC made the combined companies the largest North American rural retailers and one of the largest employers in the State of Alaska.

Our Mission is to be a trusted community store. Every day we have the opportunity to impact our customers and our communities in a positive manner that allows us to be their trusted community store. Every customer who visits our store is a chance for us to create strong ties to the community.

Core Values

Customer Driven

Our customer is my first priority


I own my actions and results


I am open, honest and caring


I look for and welcome new ideas


I commit to doing great work

Personal Balance

I keep energized

Community Relations Strategy


We actively work to build strong relationships.


We lead by donation time and money to community priorities.


We strive to hire locally and help people reach their potential.


We partner and invest so that the community benefits.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to bring communities products and services that help people live better. Our ability to adapt our product mix to each market we serve; our logistics expertise in moving product to, and operating stores within, remote or difficult-to-reach locations; and our ability to
apply these strengths to serve customers within complementary niche businesses, allows us to achieve our vision.