A national food distributor has opened its doors in Okemos after what store officials say are 20 years of requests from local customers.
Gordon Food Service
, the nation’s fourth largest distributor, is celebrating its grand opening this week at 1851 Newman Rd., in the lot that used to house fast food restaurant Steak & Shake.
The 15,000-square-foot store specializes in bulk-sized items similar to membership stores like Costco, but without the required membership, says Manager Chris Zylstra.
GFS has long been an anchor store on West Saginaw Highway near the Lansing Mall
but had never found the right time or location to open on the east side of the city.
“The public has been asking for this for 20 years,” says Zylstra.
The store is fully employed with 25 sales associates, plus a managerial staff. Zylstra said the company normally receives 200 or so job applications in a market the size of Lansing but received 700 for the Okemos store.
Source: Chris Zylstra
Writer: Louise Knott ahern