SpartanNash Acquires Great Lakes Foods

The deal is said by SpartanNash officials to enhance its distribution network and improve efficiency to meet customer needs.
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SpartanNash has acquired independent grocery wholesaler Great Lakes Foods, a move SpartanNash officials said will further optimize its supply chain network.

Included in the deals is Great Lakes’ 300,000 square foot distribution center in Menominee, Mich., which serves approximately 100 independent grocery customers across the midwest. SpartanNash will continue to employ 125 associates at the Michigan facility while investing in capital and IT updates to the facility and expand 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, executive vice president and chief strategy and information officer for SpartanNash. “The location of this distribution center is ideal for serving both new and existing customers in the surrounding communities – as well as our own company-owned stores in the Upper Peninsula.”

Customers of Great Lakes Foods will gain access to SpartanNash’s marketing support, merchandising expertise, portfolio of private label products, and valuable insights from the Company’s wholesale and retail businesses. The business integration will occur strategically throughout 2023 to ensure business continuity while enabling value creation for SpartanNash’s shareholders and high-quality 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 associates 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."