Spartan Stores inks distribution deal with Chief Super Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores, a regional grocery distributor and retailer, has entered into a distribution agreement with Chief Super Market under which Spartan Stores will be its primary wholesale grocery supplier.

Chief operates 12 stores in Northwest and West Central Ohio under the Chief and Rays banners. Spartan Stores stated that it will assume distribution to all of Chief’s banners for grocery, dairy, frozen, bakery and other products in March.

“We are pleased to welcome Chief to our distribution network of independent grocers,” said Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s president and CEO. “Chief is known for having strong grocery selections and well-merchandised stores, and we look forward to supporting their continued success with our broad selection of private brand and national brand products, as well as value-added services. We also are very excited about our expansion into Ohio, as securing new business in contiguous states is one of our key strategic business growth initiatives.”

Spartan Stores distributes more than 40,000 private and national brand products to approximately 375 independent grocery locations in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and to 100 corporate owned stores located in Michigan, including Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen's Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, VG's Food and Pharmacy, and Valu Land.

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