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Kremmling: Pepsi closing distribution center

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

The Pepsi Distribution Warehouse in Kremmling will close in early January.

The warehouse, located at 1003 Eagle Avenue, has been a part of the community since 1963. Five employees work there.

Jeff Dahncke, director of public relations for the Pepsi Bottling Group headquartered in Somers, N.Y., said all the employees of the Kremmling facility were notified of the warehouse’s closing at the end of November.

“It’s always a tough decision to close a facility,” Dahncke said. “Ours is a people business, and we value our employees a great deal. Their hard work and dedication are what makes our company successful.

“Full-time employees in Kremmling will be given the opportunity to relocate to other positions within the company, and we’d be delighted to keep them,” he added.

The warehouse is the distribution center for Pepsi products in northcentral Colorado. It serves the towns of Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, Walden, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Leadville.

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Dahncke explained that with the closing of the Kremmling facility, distribution to those towns will now be handled primarily out of the Pepsi Bottling Group’s main warehouses in the Denver Metro area.

“The majority of the distribution will go to our Denver operation,” he said. “Although we are closing this facility, we look forward to continuing to serve our customers in the area for a long time to come. Pepsi has a long history in Grand County, and we have always taken great pride in our operations there. It’s a great community with great people.”

The decision to close the Kremmling warehouse was based upon the company’s evaluation of its overall geographic market in western Colorado.

“This decision will enable us to serve our customers more effectively and efficiently than before, which is better for the long-term success of our business,” Dahncke said.

“It’s part of our ongoing effort to improve customer service, allowing us to reduce out-of-stock product conditions in stores while offering a wider range of products.”

The Pepsi Bottling Group has owned the Kremmling warehouse since it acquired The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Denver in 1988. The Pepsi Bottling Group is the largest Pepsi bottling company in the United States.

The company has not yet announced what it intends to do with the distribution warehouse building in Kremmling.

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