A New York-based company has purchased the former SpartanNash facility on Highway 301 South from the heirs of T.J. Morris. Hypotenuse Incorporated will be the new name for the 240,000-square-foot distribution facility.
Hypotenuse is a third party logistics company that focuses on the acquisition and redistribution of overstock and closeout merchandise. Big Lots, Ollies, T.J. Maxx and Ross are examples of the type companies they sell to. Unlike the former operator who distributed directly to stores, Hypotenuse will distribute directly to their client's distribution facilities.
According to Keith Hubbard, CEO and president of Hypotenuse, they began looking for a facility in the southeast about 18 months ago. The SpartanNash property came available after the Statesboro operation closed last May. When up and running, the center it is expected to create between 20 and 40 new jobs.
Hypotenuse is a spinoff of Just Inventory Solutions (J.I.S.) based out of Guilderland Center, a small town in upstate New York, not far from Albany. The company manages more than two million square feet of warehouse space, and distributes to around 120 retail stores. With many of their clients looking to expand operations and grow their stores in the Southeast, Just Inventory Solutions began looking for another location.
"When we visited Statesboro and saw the Walmart Distribution facility, along with major companies including Briggs and Stratton, Great Dane and Viracon with manufacturing facilities here, that really helped us with our decision," Hubbard said. "These companies do extensive research before they choose a community. Being this close to a major Walmart distribution facility could also create opportunities in the future. When we met members of the Morris family, we were sold on this location being the best option and location to meet our needs."
Another attractive part of the location to Hypotenuse was the 30,000-square-foot refrigeration space and 36,000-square-foot freezer space. They have begun renovations to the facility and will update the office space and rework the refrigeration systems. In addition, they will install state-of-the art logistics technology.
"We are looking forward to being a great corporate partner with Statesboro and surrounding communities", said Hubbard. "This is a great community and we hope to be engaged in every way possible."
According to a Statesboro Herald story from 2016, SpartanNash closed its' "Nash Finch" Statesboro wholesale grocery distribution center at the end of May 2016, eliminating 60 jobs. Spartan Stores, based near Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nash Finch, based in Minneapolis, Minn., merged in November 2013 to form SpartanNash.
Nash Finch had a presence in Statesboro for almost 20 years, after buying T.J. Morris, a Statesboro-based independent food wholesaler, in the summer of 1996.
First Nash Finch, and later SpartanNash, owned the business, but leased the property. The more than 30 acres of land and 240,000 square feet of buildings were still owned by members of the Morris family, heirs of T.J. Morris, who founded his namesake company here in the 1950s.
The Development Authority of Bulloch County helped with the sale of the building and is working with Hubbard and Hypotenuse Incorporated in getting the facility operational.