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Regional wholesaler Unified Grocers this week reached an agreement with Sabey Corp. to continue to operate its wholesale grocery distribution business from its current Seattle facilities for an additional five years.
The lease extension agreement covers Unified’s existing 600,000-square-foot dry grocery warehouse, 300,000 square-foot refrigerated perishables warehouse, and Seattle offices, which are located in the building, and extends Unified’s occupancy to 2015.
“Extending the lease at our existing Seattle facilities was the best option for the company at this particular time,” said United president and CEO Al Plamann. “The warehouses and offices have served us well for many years, and they will continue to do so through 2015. Additionally, our lease extension provides us with more time to carefully analyze new possibilities for a distribution center and also to monitor and evaluate changing economic and marketplace conditions. In the end, we believe these factors will result in a better long-term solution for our business in the Pacific Northwest.”
The wholesaler, which remains committed to developing and operating from a new distribution center in the Puget Sound area, said it would continue to pursue all available alternatives to achieve this objective before the expiration of the new agreement.
Los Angeles-based Unified is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States.