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GFS Marketplace gets preliminary approval in Seminole

SEMINOLE — Council members have preliminarily approved a development agreement as a first step for a GFS Marketplace store to come to Seminole.

The grocery, the first for Seminole and third in Pinellas County, would be located in the tax-rich business area on the west side of Park Street north of the Kohl's shopping center.

Seminole council member Jim Quinn, a fan and frequent GFS shopper, said he wrote to the company a year or so ago and suggested it look to Seminole as a possible location. Quinn said he's delighted the GFS is coming to the city.

With headquarters in Michigan, Gordon Food Service started out in 1897 as a butter-and-egg delivery business. The company's website, gfs.com, says that it has grown into the largest family-owned broadline food service distributor in North America — and one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

GFS has 160 locations throughout the country. The stores provide supplies to restaurants, caterers, day care centers, schools and churches. They are also open to the public. Products include traditional grocery items including meats, seafoods, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as bakery goods.

Council members are scheduled to give final approval to the development agreement during their Nov. 26 meeting. The 7 p.m. meeting will be in City Hall, 9199 113th St. N. The meeting is open to the public.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

GFS Marketplace gets preliminary approval in Seminole 11/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:36pm]

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