SpartanNash Experiences Unprecedented Grocery Sales Volume Driven by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact

Mar 17th, 2020

CEO Announces Initiative to Hire Retail, Distribution and Transportation Workers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - SpartanNash Company (the "Company") (Nasdaq: SPTN) today announced an initiative to hire displaced workers and students in its nine-state retail footprint and 14-state distribution network for temporary positions which may turn into permanent career opportunities. This hiring initiative is due to unprecedented retail and distribution sales volume trending at two to three times normal sales levels at some locations since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19). SpartanNash, one of the nation's largest food distributors, operates more than 150 corporate owned retail stores, distributes to more than 2,000 independent retail locations in all 50 states, and is a leading distributor to US military commissaries around the world.

"During this unprecedented time of growing consumer need and uncertainty, SpartanNash is on the frontlines ensuring our customers have access to the food, medicine and household goods they need," said Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our family of associates is working hard to keep our independent customers, military commissaries and our own retail stores' shelves stocked with household essentials, and to continue to serve as a trusted provider of food products, which has been our driving force for more than 100 years. We recognize in many of our rural communities, we are the sole grocery provider and tens of thousands of families and neighbors are relying on us.

"As we continue to navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of our family of associates, customers and communities and supporting health officials and government leaders to contain the virus. We have redoubled our sanitation and safety efforts and stepped up all of our operational policies and procedures in-line with local and national government recommendations."

Qualified candidates can apply for immediate interviews and on-the-spot hiring at retail stores and distribution centers. For locations and to apply, visit a local SpartanNash corporate owned store or go to careers.spartannash.com.

SpartanNash's fleet of more than 800 tractors and 2,000 trailers travel over 57 million miles a year from 18 distribution centers (see list below), delivering grocery products to its more than 150 corporate owned retail stores in the Midwest (see list below) and over 2,000 independent retailers in all 50 states. As a leading provider of grocery products to US commissaries throughout the world and the exclusive supplier of private label products to the Defense Commissary Agency, the Company is also committed to delivering a slice of home to military heroes and their families.

Corporate owned retail grocery stores located in:
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Minnesota
Nebraska
North Dakota
Ohio
South Dakota
Wisconsin

Wholesale distribution centers:
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Bluefield, Virginia
Fargo, North Dakota
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lakeland, Florida
Lima, Ohio
Lumberton, North Carolina
Omaha, Nebraska
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Military distribution centers
Bloomington, Indiana
Columbus, Georgia
Landover, Maryland
Norfolk, Virginia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pensacola, Florida
San Antonio, Texas

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bahrain, Djibouti and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG's Grocery and Dan's Supermarket. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is a leading distributor of grocery products to US military commissaries.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, 616-878-2830