Wisconsin-based 21-store chain to begin transition February 1
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN), the nation's fifth largest food distributor and leading distributor to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, announced today that it has signed a long term contract to be the primary wholesaler to Gordy's Market, the largest locally owned and operated grocer in the Western Wisconsin area. Gordy's Market was founded by Gordon Ray and Donna Schafer in 1966 on the South Side of Chippewa Falls and has grown into a family owned 21-store/13 express fuel station chain. (Click here to find a complete list of all Gordy's Market locations).Gordy's will be serviced out of SpartanNash's St. Cloud, Minnesota distribution center.
"As a wholesale/retail operator, SpartanNash's leadership clearly understands what it takes to deliver quality products, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service," notes David Schafer, Chief Financial Officer for Gordy's. "We have been impressed by SpartanNash's leadership, commitment to growth, private brand offerings, and portfolio of value added services." In addition to national brand products, SpartanNash will distribute its exclusive Our Family® brand, as well as the value added Top Care,® Value Time® and natural and/or organic and eco-friendly Full CircleTM brands.
Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash President and Chief Executive Officer, believes "Gordy's is a perfect fit for our distribution operations. We have years of experience meeting our Wisconsin customers' preferences, our St. Cloud DC is strategically located to minimize food miles, and we are positioned to help Gordy's grow. We see this agreement as a win:win for both parties."
SpartanNash will begin distributing private brand product to Gordy's in mid-February and will be servicing Gordy's as its primary distributor by May 2016.
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company's core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart.
Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications