While the Moline TPC Cash and Carry store is closing earlier than expected at the end of next week, the Davenport store will remain open for business.
Earlier this week, a spokesman for Performance Foodservice, which owns TPC, said the Moline store, located at 4805 22nd Ave., would close by March 1 to "realign resources to support their core business of food service distribution and the customers it serves."
Jerry Upchurch, manager of the Moline and Davenport stores, said Friday that the store actually could close by the end of next week.
There's "not a specific date," Mr. Upchurch said, as the stores are in the process of transferring products to the Davenport location at 2160 E. 53rd St. "When that's done, then we will close."
He said various items in the Moline store will be discounted until then, but because the Davenport store is receiving the majority of the products, it isn't a going-out-of-business sale.
"We can still work with any of the business customers or party planning and all of those kinds of things," Mr. Upchurch said, adding that he has a number of restaurants, bars, school and church groups, ball teams and more that work with TPC. "It's not going to affect that at all."
Mr. Upchurch said an auction is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26 to sell shelving, refrigeration and freezer units and other non-product items.
The TPC stores in Moline and Davenport employ about seven people per store, Mr. Upchurch said. Some of the Moline employees will transfer to the Davenport store, he added.
"We will continue to work with our business customers from Illinois, and they can still have products shipped from the warehouses" and pick them up at the Davenport location, he said.
"We want to make this as smooth and painless for the business customer as we can."
Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.
1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.
1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.
1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.