Family Dollar, McLane enter partnership

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar is gearing up to offer its customers a broader selection of merchandise, including refrigerated and frozen food, through a strategic partnership with McLane.

Beginning in September, McLane, a provider of grocery and food service supply chain solutions, will provide a robust offering across the retailer's more than 7,200 locations in 45 states, but will tailor the assortment to local markets. Additionally,  through its partnership with McLane, Family Dollar will establish a national supply chain for refrigerated and frozen merchandise that will provide both the scale and consistent service to propel this growing segment of the business.

"We are broadening our assortment and increasing our relevancy to our customers," Family Dollar chairman and CEO Howard Levine said. "McLane's national footprint and broad distribution network make them a great partner to support our growth initiatives."

McLane grocery president Mike Youngblood said the partnership is a "significant opportunity" for the company.

"Servicing all of the Family Dollar Stores will involve 19 of our distribution centers across the country," oungblood said. "Our nationwide reach combined with our industry-leading cold chain solution and vast SKU offerings makes this an ideal fit for both of our companies."