September 16, 2019
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Harbor Wholesale Foods announces major expansion

Longtime AWB member Harbor Wholesale Foods has announced a major expansion. The company, based in Lacey, has bought a “significant” portion of Food Service of America’s Seattle business, the company reports.

This purchase includes a 250,000-square-foot warehouse in Kent and taking over food service needs for 1,700 independent restaurant operators located in 10 Western Washington counties.

“Acquiring FSA's Kent Distribution Center achieves Harbor's goal of becoming the Northwest's premier foodservice distributor,” the company announced.

Harbor is a fourth-generation family business which has distributed products to customers since 1923. The company currently services more than 3,000 locations throughout Washington, Oregon, and parts of California, Idaho and Alaska from distribution centers in Lacey and Roseburg, Oregon.

“We've been serving Northwest communities for 96 years and the FSA Seattle business provides a platform to expand our presence and positive influence throughout the region,” Harbor CEO Justin Erickson said.



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