OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fleming Cos. here said last week it is closing its Buffalo division, a move that will leave nearly 400 workers at Fleming's Cheektowaga, N.Y., distribution center without a job.
ximately 200 supermarkets.
A Fleming spokesman said the decision to close the Buffalo division dates back to December 1998, when the company began consolidating operations.
The Cheektowaga facility was the last operating vestige of the wholesale food empire founded by S.M. Flickinger in Buffalo in 1899, according to Burt Flickinger 3rd, a great-grandson of S.M. and managing director of Reach Marketing, a Westport, Conn., retail consulting firm.
According to Flickinger, the S.M. Flickinger Co. had an annual sales volume of $1.75 billion in 1984 when it was acquired by Scrivner, which in turn was acquired by Fleming in 1994.
Fleming announced the closing of another former Flickinger Co. distribution center, that one in York, Pa., in early January.