MINOT, N.D. – The SpartanNash food distribution facility in Minot will be closing its doors by early May.
The company says it plans to transition its 39 customers to its Fargo distribution center.
They say 42 employees work at the facility, and the building will be listed for sale.
SpartanNash says the employees were notified of the decision on March 4. They say it’s not a reflection of the employees’ work, but rather a strategic decision.
Here is the full release from the company:
After careful consideration, SpartanNash has made the difficult decision to close its Minot, North Dakota Distribution Center and immediately begin transitioning customers to its Fargo, North Dakota distribution center. 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.
Grocery distribution is a highly competitive industry and this move is necessary to ensure SpartanNash continues to operate its business efficiently while helping its independent grocery retailers be successful.
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.
“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 for SpartanNash. “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.”