Nicholas Mouskandis, circa 1947

1907: Nicholas William Mouskondis left his home in Crete, Greece to find a new life in Salt Lake City.

1927: Mouskondis started his business by collecting the discarded dented cans from the train cars. He and his family would re-label and then sell them.

1939: Although there are checks and documents dating back to 1927, Nicholas & Co. was first incorporated in 1939.

1940: Nicholas & Co. built its first warehouse, a 3,500-square-foot building on 400 South now occupied by  Trader Joe's. 

1958: Nicholas & Co.’s second warehouse doubled their capacity to 10,000 square feet.

1959: Bill Mouskondis started the first “marketing campaign” for Nicholas & Co. 

1960s: Nicholas’ son, William “Bill” Mouskondis, takes over the company from his father. 

1963: Nicholas & Co. continues to grow, serving five Mountain West states.

1976: Nicholas & Co. started using diesel trucks in its fleet.

1995: The company moved its facilities to     its current location at Airport International Center.

2003: Bill Mouskondis became Chairman of the Board, his son Peter is CEO/President of Nicholas & Co.

2004: Utah Restaurant Association presents Bill Mouskondis with its Lifetime Achievement Award, an unusual honor for a non-restaurateur.

2008: Nicholas & Co. expanded its warehouse to 400,000 square feet in Salt Lake City.

Ed Carr, honorary Greek

In a family business, there’s frequently not a lot of room for non-family members. But Nicholas’ Ed Carr has plenty of space.

Carr, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nicholas & Co., puts it this way: “At no point will I wake up Greek.”

Carr had a lifetime of experience before he joined Nicholas & Co. in 2006. But his experience was not in the food business. Carr had zoomed to the top; by the age of 37, he was the youngest divisional president in the history of Corporate Express.

“But Peter and I go way back; we were fraternity brothers at the U.,” he says. They had discussed Carr coming home to work at Nicholas one day.

And in 2006, the time came. His hire looked like a gamble, but Bill Mouskondis kept any misgivings to himself. Ceding big decision-making power is rare in a family business, but it’s what allows Nicholas to grow. And Carr has been a big part of that growth. “Conventional wisdom has it that hiring friends is a bad idea,” says Nicole Mouskondis. “Peter and I disagree.” 

Back>>>Nicholas & Co.—All together now

Back>>>Read other stories in our June 2013 issue