A&P / Farmer Jack – Detroit, MI

Farmer Jack, a division of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), has expanded quickly throughout Michigan in the last decade. To support this aggressive growth, the company needed a new refrigerated warehouse in the Detroit market to complement its distribution center.

A&P executives began discussions with Tippmann Group, and were impressed with the range of planning and consulting services Tippmann could bring to their project. From the beginning stages of site selection, a Tippmann team of experts prepared a master distribution plan for the facility, which includes a five and ten-year plan. Tippmann then assisted in the selection of a prime site located close to an existing A&P dry facility. Even though extra work is involved due to rejuvenation of an existing industrial site, the facility is scheduled to be finished well within the company’s aggressive time frame.

A&P’s new 400,000 square foot facility, consisting of about 266,000 square feet perishable storage and a 134,000 square foot freezer, features a flow-through design with docks on both sides, state-of-the-art banana rooms and ice cream storage. A&P’s John Metzger, Senior Vice President – Supply & Logistics, says, “Tippmann helped us with almost every aspect of planning for this efficient, new facility, and their specialized expertise is helping make it a showpiece.”

Facility Highlights:

  • 400,000 square foot distribution center
  • 266,000 sq. ft. perishable, 134,000 sq. ft. freezer
  • State-of-the-art banana rooms
  • Flow-through design with docks on both sides