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    Martin's Super Markets Now Spartan's Leading Wholesale Customer

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. -- Spartan Stores, Inc., based here said it has "significantly expanded a distribution supply relationship" with South Bend, Inc.-based Martin's Super Markets, an independent grocery retailer with locations in southwest Michigan and north central Indiana

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. -- Spartan Stores, Inc., based here said it has "significantly expanded a distribution supply relationship" with South Bend, Inc.-based Martin's Super Markets, an independent grocery retailer with locations in southwest Michigan and north central Indiana.

    The relationship includes all of Martin's Super Market's 20 Indiana and Michigan based retail grocery stores.

    Spartan's existing supply relationship for health and beauty care products, general merchandise, and pharmacy products, will expand to include dry groceries, dairy, frozen products, and Spartan's portfolio of corporate private label brands.

    "This is a significant expansion of our supply relationship and one of the largest partnerships that we have entered into in many years," said Craig C. Sturken, Spartan's chairman, president, and c.e.o. "This new relationship significantly increases our distribution presence in Indiana and demonstrates successful execution of our stated business strategy of growing our distribution business in contiguous states."

    Sturken added that the expansion "further validates our value-added distribution proposition as we continue to grow our distribution business in a challenging and very competitive environment."

    Rob Bartels, Martin's president and c.e.o., cited Spartan's "exceptional category management, merchandising, and marketing expertise at both the distribution and retail levels" as perks in the deal.

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