Milestones in Nash Finch history
1885: Fred Nash opens a confectionary store in Devil’s Lake, N.D.
Late 1880s: Nash and brothers Edgar and Willis start a fruit distribution business.
1904: Nash family acquires a wholesale distributor in Minot, N.D., first of a series of expansions through 1912. Their friend Harold Finch led a warehouse in Grand Forks, N.D.
1919: Nash brothers move company to Minneapolis.
1921: Nash Finch Co. is incorporated.
1922: Begins heavy promotion of such name-brand products as Nash’s Toasted Coffee.
1950s: Expands customer base from independent mom-and-pop grocers to corporate-owned chains.
1954: Acquires 17-store supermarket chain.
1964: Opens Warehouse Market, a warehouse-style outlet, in St. Cloud, Minn.
1983: Lists on Nasdaq.
1984: Expands to southeastern United States with acquisition of North Carolina-based M.H. McLean.
2002: Opens Avanza, a Hispanic-themed grocery.
2008: Opens Family Fresh Market, a new line of groceries emphasizing organic foods.
2009: Military unit acquires three new distribution centers.
2012: Adds to grocery holdings with acquisition of 18 No Frills stores and 12 Bag ’N Save stores.
2013: Sold to Spartan Stores Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich.