Ingles Markets operates a supermarket chain throughout the Southeast. The company s supermarkets offer a range of food products, nonfood products and private-label items. The company operates book sections, media centers, floral and bakery departments, premium coffee kiosks and delicatessen sections in its supermarkets. It also offers in-store pharmacies and on-site fuel centers. Headquartered in Asheville, N.C., the company operates more than 190 supermarkets and over 40 fuel centers. In addition, Ingles Markets operates fluid dairy processing and shopping center rental businesses. It sells its dairy and juice products to wholesale grocery distributors. The company was founded in 1963 and has more than 16,000 employees. It maintains a presence in Forest City, N.C.