SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich., opened the doors to its Fargo Produce Distribution Center in Fargo, N.D. The 80,000-square-foot facility has the capacity for 1,600 items, including 300 organic items, and is solely dedicated to produce and floral distribution.

The nearly $10 million project created 30 jobs, including specialized warehouse teams, quality control associates and a banana ripening lead.

“SpartanNash is committed to delivering best-in-class products throughout our supply chain, and today, that commitment now includes fresher than ever produce and floral options for customers serviced out of the state-of-the-art Fargo produce distribution center,” says Walt Lentz, president, food distribution. “This facility highlights our commitment to our customers, independent retailers and the Fargo community as a whole.”

Fargo produce distribution center includes state-of-the-art avocado and banana ripening rooms featuring organic flash sustainable technology for improved shelf life and color consistency, as well as three dedicated temperature zones for optimal product storage and a large variety of fresh plants and floral available for next-day delivery.

The facility will also carry an expanded cut fruit and vegetable product line. Inventory will include a variety of fresh juices and beverages, dressings, snacks, nuts and specialty and tropical produce. It will also serve its own corporate-owned retail stores and independent retail customers in surrounding states.