Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ginsberg's closes iconic Columbia County grocery

Ginsberg's Institutional Foods has made a move that eliminates a Columbia County grocery store that has been in business since 1909 selling Hudson Valley-made products.

The historic Morton’s Market closed for good on Friday in the community of Claverack. Ginsberg's, the food distributor that owns it, is converting the venue into a will-call center for local customers picking up any of the company’s 8,000 products.

Ginsberg’s also is closing its call center on the third floor of 1 Hudson City Centre in Hudson. Employees there will move into the space formerly occupied by Morton's by the end of June.

In a prepared statement, Ginsberg's COO John Brusie said, "In an effort to better serve our customers, we’re turning Morton’s into a will-call center. We are going to repurpose this space for office staff and continue to grow our business. The market retail side of the business will be no longer, but our every-day customers can come in to pick up items. It will make it easier and more efficient."

Ginsberg’s, which is adjacent to Morton’s and which itself was founded the same year, has a delivery area touching six states. It has been headquartered in Claverack since 1977. According to the company website, each week its 35-truck fleet travels more than 30,000 miles in and around New York state. For almost 30 years, Ginsberg’s has been a member of UniPro Foodservice, a procurement conglomerate consisting of more than 650 independent distributors nationwide.
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