• Free for qualified executives and consultants to industry

  • Receive quarterly issues of Area Development Magazine and special market report and directory issues


Gordon Food Service Invests $58 Million To Establish Kannapolis, North Carolina, Distribution Hub

Gordon Food Service will build a new distribution center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, with plans to invest approximately $58 million over the next five years. The company estimates it will create 275 jobs in the Cabarrus County region.

Founded in 1897, Gordon Food Service distributes to foodservice operators within the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. The company also operates more than 170 GFS Marketplace retail stores in the U.S. This will be the company’s first presence in North Carolina.

“We are excited to add the Kannapolis location to our distribution network,” said Jim Gordon, CEO of Gordon Food Service. “The addition of this facility increases our capacity to serve national concepts, Group Purchasing Organizations and independent foodservice customers in the Southeast region of the United States.” “I am so happy to welcome Gordon Food Service to North Carolina,” said Secretary Decker. “This is the type of company we want to continue to recruit to our state; a company that offers good paying jobs and has a strong tradition of doing business the right way.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

“Gordon Food Service is a world leader in food service distribution,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “This fourth-generation family-managed business will feel at home in North Carolina and we look forward to seeing them grow in the future.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. partnered with N.C. Community Colleges, N.C. Department of Transportation, Golden LEAF Foundation, Duke Energy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, the City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cabarrus Economic Development Commission to make this project possible.


Exclusive Research