Monday, January 25, 2010

Spartan Stores to move Plymouth jobs to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids — Spartan Stores, Inc. — the 11th largest grocery supplier and retailer nationwide — announced this morning the company has reached an agreement with Teamsters Local 337 for transitioning its Plymouth, Mich. operations to Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids-based grocer announced plans to move the Plymouth dry grocery operations to Grand Rapids earlier this month, as reported by WWZM 13.

The relocation should be complete by the 4th quarter of the 2010 fiscal year.

According to WWZM 13, the Plymouth employees will have employment opportunities at the Grand Rapids facility.

According to the Spartan Stores Web Site,, the company hires associates who demonstrate individual strengths, enjoy challenges and seek opportunity.

To apply for retail or warehouse positions at Spartan Stores, job hunters can apply using an in-store kiosk.

To apply for a corporate position, job seekers should apply online at the company’s Web Site. A resume is required to apply for corporate positions.

Spartan Stores owns and operates 96 grocery stores and drugstores throughout Michigan and Ohio, including D & W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Supermarkets, Felpausch Food Centers, Glen’s Markets and VG’s Food and Pharmacy.


  1. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports the company is moving the Plymouth operations 140 miles west to lower costs and create new inventory efficiencies.

    The AP also reports the Plymouth plant's lease expires in October, and the current collective bargaining agreement with the union employees expires in April.

  2. UPDATE: The West Michigan CBS station, WWMT, reports the Plymouth plant operations are moving to Byron Center.

    140 workers from Plymouth will be offered jobs at the Grand Rapids site.

    The Spartan Stores expect the move to save as much as $3 million per year.