SpartanNash buying Martin’s Super Markets

(Photo supplied/Martin's Super Markets)

A Michigan company is acquiring Martin’s Super Markets.

SpartanNash announced the deal Tuesday. Martin’s is based in South Bend and has 21 stores and 3,500 employees in northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.

SpartanNash supplies grocery stores and also operates stores, including Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market. Martin’s has been a customer since 2005.

Martin’s president, Rob Bartels, says the family-owned company shares similar values with SpartanNash, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He says the company was “seeking a partner we could trust.”

The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending December 28, 2019.

Full statements:

“We are excited to welcome Martin’s Super Markets to the SpartanNash family,” said David Staples, SpartanNash Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Martin’s has been a valued independent retail customer since 2005, and we have the greatest respect for the Martin’s management team and its commitment to their associates, customers, and the communities they serve. We look forward to working with members of the team to continue to deliver the quality shopping experience and high level of customer service to Martin’s customers. Our long-standing relationship has built the foundation for our future success and will enable us to grow our corporate retail business in Indiana and Michigan consistent with our long-term strategic growth strategy. We also believe this investment in our corporate retail business will help us take full advantage of our opportunities to generate value for all SpartanNash stakeholders.”

Rob Bartels, Martin’s President, and grandson of its founders, noted, “We were seeking a partner we could trust with the family’s legacy of exceptional customer service, quality products and value; we found that partner in SpartanNash. SpartanNash has been a valued and capable partner, and our partnership has grown and strengthened over time. We share similar values, a passion for the business, and cultures based on excellent customer service, stewardship of our brands, and commitment to our communities and teams. We look forward to a robust and dynamic future for the Martin’s family.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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