(UPDATED COVERAGE, Sept. 13) U.S. Foods is buying a foodservice distributor in the Southeast but plans to close its operations by early 2013.
The Rosemont, Ill.-based U.S. Foods is purchasing Americus, Ga.-based Glover Wholesale Co., but U.S. Foods plans to close Glover’s Americus, Ga., and Columbus, Ga., operations and consolidate those facilities’ production into larger Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., operations.
“As we reviewed the opportunity to acquire Glover Wholesale, we saw a few areas of overlap that we could reduce with the closure of their two smallest facilities,” said Christina Koliopoulos, U.S. Foods spokeswoman. “We are now consolidating them into more centrally located, larger and more efficient distribution centers. These strategic actions improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve customer service.”
Koliopoulos said the change should help U.S. Foods reduce the number of delivery vehicles and lower costs.
Glover president and chief executive officer David Harris is scheduled to join U.S. Foods as director of business development for central Georgia.
Serving customers in Georgia, eastern Alabama and northern Florida with $90 million in annual sales, Glover offers a variety of broadline foodservice products, including fresh produce, according to Glover’s website.
Declining to state terms of the acquisition, U.S. Foods officials say they expect to close the transaction in early October.