LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week it plans to move distribution for its 39 Northern California stores later this year from its Stockton, Calif., food-service warehouse to its primary distribution center in Commerce, Calif.
n through a facility designed to serve the stores," he explained.
The company currently supplies 133 stores in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico from the Commerce warehouse, he noted.
In conjunction with the switch to the Commerce warehouse, the company plans to lay off at least 50 Stockton employees in the next few months, the spokesman said. Smart & Final is in the process of restructuring the Stockton food-service facility, which has been losing money, the spokesman pointed out.