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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the origination of the name A.J.'s Fine Foods?
What are your store hours?
Will you shop for me?
How does a special order work?
Will you ship this to a friend?
Do you take American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard?
Why does each store not carry the same product selection?
Why aren't you able to ship wines out of state?
How far in advance do we need to order catering?
Do you carry donuts?


General Questions:

About AJ's


What is the origination of the name A.J.'s Fine Foods?

The initials A. J. are for Andrew Joseph Bayless, the original owner of the Bayless grocery chain.


The Bayless family liquidated the A.J. Bayless grocery chain in the 1980s. The assets of the company passed through several hands in one form or another before coming to Bashas', but it was the first new owner that developed the concept for an upscale, gourmet format. As an homage to Bayless founder A.J. Bayless, this company settled on "AJ's" as the name of its new brand--even though the Bayless family was out of the picture by that time. By the time Bashas' acquired Arizona Supermarkets, Inc. in 1993, the small chain of nine stores included the original two AJ's locations (Lincoln/Scottsdale and Central/Camelback), plus seven locations operating under the Q-Fresh name. The Q-Fresh stores became Bashas' stores, while the AJ's brand was left to continue on its own.

What are your store hours?



Will you shop for me?


Yes, contact your nearest AJ's directly 24 hours in advance. A delivery fee will be charged.

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How does a special order work?
If you are looking for a specific item, please contact your nearest AJ's directly and they will assist you in trying to locate your item.


If it is an item we currently offer but you are looking to purchase larger quantities or a larger size, you may contact the store and they will be happy to assist you.


Will you ship this to a friend?
Yes, we would love to ship your items to a friend; we will wrap up your item and send it UPS. We will weigh your package and charge you the shipping amount that UPS charges us, then send off your package.

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Do you take American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard?
Yes, we do.


Why does each store not carry the same product selection?
AJ's Fine Foods prides itself on creating an atmosphere specific for each store's clientele. The buyers in our individual AJ's stores have the autonomy to search worldwide for an extensive, eclectic variety of items, but not all items sell equally well in all of our stores.


This does not mean, though, that we can't accommodate our customers. If there is an item you've seen at another AJ's location that you would like your store to carry, just let us know and we would be glad to forward that information to your store. We will also provide a contact for you so that you can follow up on the status of your order.

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Wine Cellar:


Why aren't you able to ship wines out of state?
Arizona state law prohibits us from shipping wines out of state. We can, however, make accommodations for our customers who live near one of our locations. For a nominal delivery fee, we can deliver your wine selection to your home. To see if we have a store in your community, check out our locations online.


Catering:


How far in advance do we need to order catering?
48 hours. If you are planning a large event or entertaining during the holidays, we recommend ordering as soon as you choose your date. We may need more than 48 hours to properly plan for all your catering needs.

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Boulangerie:


Do you carry donuts?
We don't offer donuts, but our Boulangerie is like a French Patisserie ? filled with delectable breakfast treats such as our award-winning buttery Croissants and a wide variety of Danish, Scones, Muffins, Bialy, Bagels, Turnovers and Bear Claws.