Food distribution firm opening warehouse store

Phil Castle, The Business Times

A food distribution company that’s long served  Western Colorado will expand its operation with a warehouse store in Grand Junction open not only to restaurants, food trucks and caterers, but also the public.

A grand opening for the Shamrock Foodservice Warehouse is scheduled for Nov. 16 with product samples, giveaways and a $2,000 donation to the Community Food Bank.

“We’re super excited to open our warehouse in the Grand Junction community,” said Ann Ocana, chief marketing officer for Shamrock Foods Co.

The 18,000-square-foot store is located at 2401 North Ave. Ocana said 12 associates will work there.

The foodservice warehouse is the fourth in Colorado and 10th overall for Shamrock Foods, a family-owned company based in Phoenix that operates one of the largest independent food distribution companies in the West along with one of the largest dairies in Southwest.

Ocana said Shamrock long has served restaurants and other foodservice customers with direct deliveries. That will continue. But the foodservice warehouse store will expand the operation in providing products to a larger clientele, including the public.

She said the warehouse store stock more than 4,000 products — including meats, fish and poultry as well as dairy products, fresh produce and a variety of cleaning supplies. The store carries a portfolio of Shamrock Farms products as well as other national brands.

The store sells restaurant-quality products at competitive warehouse prices, but without memberships or membership fees, Ocana said. That makes the store a resource not only for restaurants, food trucks, caterers and other foodservice businesses, but also businesses and nonprofit organizations planning events as well as individuals, Ocana said.

The stores are easy to navigate and the associates working there are friendly and helpful, she said. “We are about service at Shamrock.”

Ocana said Grand Junction constitutes a good location for the warehouse store as
a commercial hub serving the region with 1,000 food service operators and 450 restaurants. 

“We see it as a growing community,” Ocana said.

That coincides with what Ocana said is a growing company.

Since its opening in the 1920s as a dairy with 20 cows and a Model T delivery truck, Shamrock Farms has expanded into a dairy operation with 20,000 cows. The operation diversified to offer various dairy products and food distribution. Shamrock Foods now employs a total of 5,000 associates in 25 states, she said.

The foodservice warehouse stores constitute another part of the growth strategy, she said. In addition to the Grand Junction location, a new store is scheduled to open in Billings, Mont., early next year. More stores are planned.

For now, though, Ocana said she’s excited about the grand opening celebration in Grand Junction and the products and services the store will offer.

The Shamrock Foodservice Warehouse is located at 2401 North Ave. and open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Sunday. For more information, visit www.shamrockfsw.com.