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Nash Finch Co. has sealed a deal to acquire a 400,000-square-foot distribution facility in Columbus, Ga., for its distribution business serving military commissaries and exchanges that the Minneapolis-based food distributor said represents a $20 million investment in the first three years of operation. The distribution center will be operated by MDV, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Va., and recognized as one of the premier worldwide distributors providing service to military commissaries and exchanges.
“Our purpose at MDV is to serve our armed-service heroes and their families, whether at home or abroad, by supplying products needed by the military to provide one of their most important benefits — the commissary,” said Ed Brunot, MDV’s president/COO. “This new Columbus distribution center complements our military distribution centers in the Southeast, allowing us to better serve the commissaries in that region.” Looking ahead to joining the Columbus business community, the company anticipates being “able to add members of the Fort Benning community to our MDV family of associates,” noted Brunot.
The Columbus MDV depot is scheduled to begin making deliveries to commissaries in the late third or fourth quarter of 2010.
As one of the leading food distribution companies in the United States, Nash Finch’s core food distribution business serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt. The company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center, Avanza, Family Fresh Market and Sun Mart trade names.