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Alaska Commercial Company

Private Retail


Alaska Commercial Company is a retail company which provides groceries and general merchandise in stores throughout Alaska. We have a compelling and authentic story that few retailers in North America can compare with. 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. During the past 140 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 traded goods and services for furs, gold and other tradable goods 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.  

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.


  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for you and your dependents
  • Life insurance for you and your dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance for you and your dependents
  • Paid holidays, Sick Leave and Vacation Leave
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Plans
  • 401k plan with a generous employer match
  • Stock purchase program
  • Store discount privileges


Alaska Commercial Company is a growing company with a long history of serving rural Alaskans. For more than 140 years, we have been providing groceries and general merchandise to the people of Alaska.  As was true more than 140 years ago, our stores continue to be a vital center of local community life.

We are the retail employer of choice in rural Alaska, and we are always looking for talented people to join our team.  We have more than thirty stores throughout the state – with more in development.  We recruit the best people we can to become part of our team. We empower them to make their own decisions, fostering the enterprising spirit that has made us who we are today.