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SpartanNash Acquires Great Lakes Foods

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SpartanNash has acquired Great Lakes Foods, an independent grocery wholesaler, including its 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Menominee, Michigan.

The warehouse serves about 100 independent grocery customers across the Midwest and employs 125 workers. SpartanNash will continue to employ the Great Lakes Foods team while investing in capital and IT updates to the facility and expanding service offerings to customers.

“This acquisition represents SpartanNash’s ongoing commitment to optimize our supply chain network, drive growth through geographic expansion and serve our customers more efficiently,” said Masiar Tayebi, EVP and chief strategy and information officer.

“The location of this distribution center is ideal for serving customers in the surrounding communities – as well as our own company-owned stores in the Upper Peninsula. We look forward to earning the loyalty of our new customers and associates as we continue building upon the legacy Great Lakes Foods has established.”

Customers of Great Lakes Foods will gain access to SpartanNash’s marketing support, merchandising expertise, portfolio of private label products and insights from the company’s wholesale and retail businesses. The integration will occur throughout 2023 to ensure continuity while enabling value creation for SpartanNash’s shareholders and service levels for customers.

“I am incredibly proud that SpartanNash purchased our distribution center,” said Tom Kuber, owner of Great Lakes Foods. “We value our employees and long-standing customers and know SpartanNash is well-equipped to elevate the level of service and amplify its ‘People First’ culture based on their strong track record.”

As a distributor, wholesaler and retailer with a global supply chain network, SpartanNash customers span a diverse group of national accounts, independent and chain grocers, e-commerce retailers, U.S. military commissaries and exchanges, and the company’s own brick-and-mortar grocery stores, pharmacies and fuel centers. SpartanNash distributes grocery and household goods, including fresh produce and its Our Family portfolio of products.

The company operates a network of distribution facilities and a nationwide transportation fleet. In addition, it owns and operates 147 supermarkets under the banners of Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market.

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