A new supply chain network is establishing its territory in the Upstate as its customer Food Lion takes over Bi-Lo stores scattered across the region.
ADUSA Supply Chain sent out its first shipments from a new Mauldin campus July 17 after acquiring the center from C&S Wholesale Grocers — Bi-Lo’s former supplier — in May. Southeastern Grocers struck the deal to sell the distribution center at the same time they agreed to sell 62 stores — mostly Bi-Lo stores — to Food Lion.
According to a news release, the facility is now one of the largest distribution centers in the company’s network. Once fully operational, the Mauldin site will fulfill grocery, fresh, frozen, health and beauty care orders for nearly 200 grocery stores. Dairy, fresh and frozen products are the first to begin shipping from the site.
ADUSA Supply Chain is a family of supply chain companies that serves grocery brands of Ahold Delhaize USA including Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co., Hannaford and Stop & Shop.
“The opening of the Mauldin distribution campus is another important step forward in our work to transform the ADUSA supply chain network, deepening our distribution reach into the Southeast,” Chris Lewis, president of ADUSA Supply Chain, said in the release. “Continuing to expand the network infrastructure is core to our ability to serve brands like Food Lion that trust us to always deliver so they can be there for their customers with fresh, in-stock products whenever, wherever, however they want to shop.”
In Mauldin and across 17 other network locations, the supply chain network continues to actively hire drivers, selectors, forklift operators, facility maintenance personnel and sanitation personnel to support its growth.
Selectors, sanitation personnel, forklift drivers and maintenance personnel will be employees of ADUSA Distribution, the distribution company of Ahold Delhaize USA. Truck drivers will be employees of ADUSA Transportation, the transportation company of Ahold Delhaize USA, according to the release.
Since May, more than 250 associates have been hired and onboarded at the campus, which will ultimately employ more than 800 in the Upstate. The 1.1 million-square-foot campus consists of nine buildings and a training and conference center.
“It’s a great time to join ADUSA Distribution and ADUSA Transportation,” John Patriquin, senior vice president of ADUSA Distribution and Transportation, said in the release. “There is a great deal of investment going into the supply chain, and we pride ourselves on a culture of care for our people. We truly believe our associates, who have served on the front lines during the pandemic, are today’s superheroes.”