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Central Grocers Expands DC

JOLIET, Ill. — Central Grocers here said Monday it has begun a 60,000-square-foot expansion to its warehouse here that will increase its frozen-foods and fresh-meat capacity.

The expansion represents a 75% increase in capacity and will expand Central Grocer’s frozen food, ice cream and fresh meat capabilities, the member-owned cooperative said in a statement. The new space will bring the total area designated for frozen foods and fresh-meat products to approximately 140,000 square feet.

The company said it is targeting a Jan. 1, 2013, opening date.

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“This undertaking will enhance our ability to serve our members with not only a broader product line, but should improve our overall operations capability and efficiency in the frozen-food space,” said Jim Denges, chief executive officer, Central Grocers.

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