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Great North Foods closing doors after 88 years in Alpena

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 10, 2018 – 12:54 amNo Comment
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A well-known employer in Alpena is closing its doors after putting food on the table at homes across Michigan for the past 88 years.

Great North Foods told its employees Wednesday night, that it would be closing in about mid-September, depending on inventory levels.

Approximately 86 people will be losing their jobs.

Owner Jerry Johnston did not want to comment at this time.

Great North Foods is an independent wholesale grocery company servicing over 600 convenience and grocery stores across the state.  Originally named Alpena Wholesale Grocer, the company was founded by the Douville Family of Alpena, when the Douville Bakery Company purchased the National Grocery Company of Alpena in 1930.

The company became an IGA distributor center in 1946, and changed its name to Great North Foods in 1992.

Located on N. Industrial Highway, the company delivers products to all of Michigan, along with northern parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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