Alaska Commercial Company is a retail company that provides groceries and general merchandise in stores throughout Alaska. From 1868 to the early 1900s, Alaska Commercial Company was a provider of groceries and general merchandise for trappers, explorers and individuals seeking gold. ACC s village stores, operating under the red Alaska Commercial Company flag, became the center of all community activities. The company served as the post office, community hall, courtroom, marriage parlor, funeral home and a safe haven for travelers. It also served as a bank extending credit to customers working as trappers, miners and fishermen. Very little cash was used to purchase merchandise. The customers traded with pelts, gold, artifacts, fish or whatever might have value to other customers. By 1996, Alaska Commercial Company had grown from less than a dozen stores in rural Alaskan communities to 30-plus stores in more than 20 communities. Alaska Commercial Company maintains a location in Anchorage, Alaska.