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End of an era

Quandt’s sold, local facility to close

Family-owned business nearly century old

October 18, 2013
Updated 10:38 p.m.
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End of an era


A photo of the original Quandt's market in 1952. (Company Photo)
A photo of the original Quandt's market in 1952. (Company Photo)

— A nearly century-old, family-owned business in Amsterdam will close its doors in the coming months.

Quandt’s Foodservice Distribution, based out of a facility on Quist Road in Amsterdam, was bought out by US Foods, a national food distribution company, US Foods said in a statement Friday.

Roughly 110 Quandt’s employees will continue business as usual for a few months, then the whole operation will consolidate into an existing US Foods distribution facility in Clifton Park.

“The company has been in this area since 1918,” said Montgomery County Economic Development Director Ken Rose. “It started as a fish market and was passed down from generation to generation. It’s sad to see it leave the area.”

Statements from US Foods officials at company headquarters in Illinois assured Quandt’s roughly 2,000 customers of continued service excellence.

“Quandt’s Foodservice is a strong company with a long history of being a reliable food distributor and partner to its customers’ success,” US Foods Regional President John O’Carroll said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Quandt’s customers to US Foods.”

Both companies supply food to restaurants and other commercial operations, but US Foods is much larger. Quandt’s covers eastern New York and western New England from its single refrigeration and warehouse facility in Amsterdam, while US Foods has 60 locations across the nation and employs roughly 25,000 people.

The release said nothing of what might happen to Quandt’s employees during the consolidation. Quandt’s employees declined to comment Friday and referred questions to US Foods officials, who did not return calls.

Rose’s main concern at this point is the number of employees who could be displaced.

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk D-Duanesburg, released a statement regarding the sale of Quandt’s in which she said US Foods is attempting to find work for the current Quandt’s employees, although the company itself has not confirmed that.

“I was saddened to hear the Quandt family felt they had to sell the company,” she said. “As a state, we have to do a better job of supporting local businesses, helping them to grow and create new jobs.”

Despite the loss of a family business and large local employer, Rose said the area has no choice but to move on.

“At this point, it’s a done deal,” he said. “All I can do is try and get another business into that facility.”

He said the facility should be relatively easy to market.

“It’s in a great location,” Rose said, “and it’s in pretty good shape.”

 
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