B. Green won't leave Harford, despite sale of unit

January 31, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

B. Green, the Baltimore-based food distributor that sold its civilianwholesale division to Richfood Holdings Inc. of Richmond, recently is not leaving Harford entirely.

Jesse Swartz, the company's chief financial officer, said last week that B.Green expects to hire no more than 50 people at its warehouse on Perryman Road in Perryman. Before the sale, the company was expected to employ 300 to 400 people.

B. Green had planned to occupy the entire 400,000-square-foot warehouse, built for Channel Home Centers. The warehouse was to be used for dry storage.

An additional 125,000-square-foot low temperature warehouse, which is nearing completion, will be operated by the company as a public warehouse, Mr Swartz said. He said plans are to lease the building to frozen food manufacturers and operate it for them.

Mr. Swartz also said the decision, announced Jan. 22, to sell the civilian division, was difficult. The division has been part of the family business for more than 75 years. However, the company decided to focus on improving and expanding the operations of its retail and cash and carry grocery stores, he said.

On Dec. 31, B. Green announced it had sold the assets of its military division to Nash Finch Co., a Minneapolis-based grocery wholesaler.

Richfood Holdings Inc. is the largest wholesale food distributor in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The company sells national brand and private label groceries, frozen food, meat, produce, dairy, and bakery products to about customers that operate 650 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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