SpartanNash is closing its distribution facility in Minot, North Dakota, effective early next month. The company announced plans to transition the 39 customers its Minot facility services to its Fargo distribution center as it makes moves to streamline operations and prepare for future growth.
“Making a decision that affects associates’ lives and the communities in which we operate is never easy,” said Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications, in a statement reported on by local FOX affiliate KFYR-5. “However, we are obligated to make tough decisions when it is necessary to improve efficiencies and secure the long-term future of SpartanNash. We value our Minot associates’ contributions and are grateful for their service and dedication over the years.”
The statement also outlined the company’s plans to relocate the Minot facility’s 42 employees.
“This decision is not a reflection of the 42 hard-working Minot associates but rather a strategic decision the company has made to optimize its network,” the company noted. “SpartanNash is committed to making this transition as seamless as possible for its approximately 39 Minot customers, while at the same time improving our efficiencies and product offerings. The goal is to complete the transition by early May. Minot distribution center associates were informed of the transition on Monday, March 4, 2019. The Human Resources team is working with associates who may be interested in relocating for an open position within another SpartanNash facility. Some Minot associates have been asked to remain with the company to maintain a relay hub in Minot. The building will be listed for sale.”
SpartanNash outlined an expansive strategy when reporting its fiscal year 2018 financial results this May.
“As we look forward over the next couple of years, we believe the landscape will continue to provide us with growth opportunities through acquisition, new customers, and expanded programs with existing customers,” said David Staples, President and Chief Executive Officer, in that announcement. Staples also noted the company’s continuing efforts to “reduce…debt levels and financial leverage ratios to facilitate achieving our strategic objectives.”
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