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Food Distributor to lease Syracuse P&C warehouse

Syracuse, NY-based G&C Food Distributors & Brokers, Inc, a re-distributor of frozen and refrigerated food products, has given the former P&C Supermarkets distribution center at 3407 Walters Road, Syracuse a new lease on life.Within a few months, G&C Foods plans to move its operations into the 276,697 square foot warehouse. “We need the space, and the former P&C facility fits our expansion plans,” said David Lepage, Company President, “We’ve simply outgrown our own state-of-the-art distribution center in the Central New York Regional Market. “The new distribution center will enable us to continue to efficiently meet the needs of our clients.” “We are extremely pleased that we have been presented with an opportunity to stay in Onondaga County – we employ 200 people in CNY and this is our home,” Lepage said.Incorporated in 1976, G&C Foods, which is privately owned, has grown into one of the largest and most respected food service re-distributors in the Northeast, serving customers in 15 states throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions. This past year alone, sales have grown by 30%.As a re-distributor, G&C Foods purchases large amounts of product from multiple food manufacturers. It warehouses the items until they are sold and shipped to other distributors. The company specializes in boxed beef and other center-of-the-plate items, as well as frozen, refrigerated, and dry products representing over 4,000 items from more than 150 different vendors. “The new facility gives us the capability to stock and re-distribute our expanding portfolio of frozen, refrigerated, and dry products, while adding even greater value beyond our competitive prices and service,” Lepage said.G&C is currently involved in a $2 million dollar renovation to upgrade the Walters Road facility. Over 70 workers are involved in project, which includes installing a new racking system, construction of offices, new carpet and paint, and a complete re-wiring of the building with fiber optic cabling. Lepage said before G&C took it over, the facility was wired for much older technology that is currently being replaced, while at the same time incorporating state-of-the-art computer, camera, and lighting systems.The Walters Road facility was closed in February 2010, when Buffalo, NY-based Tops Markets purchased the assets of the bankrupt owner of P&C Foods, making the need for grocery warehouses in Syracuse obsolete.G&C expects to move into the Walter Road facility in February, 2011.

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