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Gordon Food Service to Open Second Southwest Florida Location

SARASOTA, FL (March 6, 2013)—Gordon Food Service is looking to open a second store in Southwest Florida, said an official with the company.

Gordon Food Service, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., is #4 on the ID Report Top 50 list of broadline foodservice distributors in the U.S. The company has 156 marketplace stores across the country, including three existing Florida locations.

The company plans to open a 12,600-square-foot store in a building purchased by Benderson Development Inc. earlier this year.

the company plans to go before the Sarasota County planning & zoning board to discuss razing the existing structure and building a completely new site in its place. It is unclear when the GFS Marketplace would open.

GFS Marketplace stores range in size from 15,000 to 25,000 square feet and sell bulk foods and other items to the public. No membership is required unlike other bulk food competitors, Costco and Sam’s Club.

“We mainly service the needs of restaurants, caterers, churches and some small businesses, but all of our stores are open to the public,” said Mark Dempsey, spokesman for the brand.

The company plans to expandi further in Florida, and a Daytona Beach location is also expected to open this summer.

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