History of Albert Brothers Distributors, Inc.
Albert Brothers Distributors, Inc. has been a family owned and operated cigarette, tobacco, candy & paper goods wholesaler in
western Oklahoma for over 82 years!
When Ralph J. Albert was a young boy, as he often reminisced, he remembered playing outside the E.G. Stephens Tobacco Company in Wichita, Kansas. The wonderful aroma of candy and tobacco would waft outside of that warehouse and in Ralph's young mind he would think to himself "that would be a nice business to be in someday". That aroma and memory is exactly what helped create Albert Brothers Distributors, Inc...
Prior to moving to Elk City Ralph attended Oklahoma University and then helped his Dad in the dry goods business in Drumright, OK. In 1939 Ralph moved to Elk City, Oklahoma to start the R.J. Albert Tobacco Company. He moved to Elk City at the ripe age of 23 with $1300 and a dream to start a candy and tobacco wholesale business. It was a slow start at first but with many hours of hard work, in a one man operation, it led to his father following him a few years later. While Ralph served in World War II in the Quartermasters corps, the business was kept going by his father and their family. In later years as the business grew he was joined by his brothers and the name was changed to Albert Brothers Candy and Tobacco.
Since that humble beginning the company has grown into a full line wholesale distributorship servicing convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, churches, schools, concessions and many more types of businesses in the surrounding area. The product lines over the years have grown from candy and tobacco to many more such as paper products, snacks, groceries, premium cigars, beverages, janitorial supplies and many other items.
In 1979 Ralph's son Jimmy R. Albert returned from Oklahoma State University with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing to run the family business. A few years later the business was incorporated and to reflect the growing product lines the name was changed to Albert Brothers Distributors, Inc. Today the company is still managed by Jimmy R. Albert/President and his wife Patty. Jimmy has served as President of the Oklahoma Wholesale Marketers Association and is currently serving on the board of directors.
Albert Brothers Distributors, Inc. is proud to consider all its team members as family as they strive to meet the growing needs of all their valued customers. We would be proud to SERVE your needs as we continue the DREAM!