Spartan Upgrades Communications Network

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Spartan Upgrades Communications Network

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Ongoing expansion has prompted Spartan Stores, Inc. here to launch an initiative to upgrade its data network, working with AT&T.

In addition to Managed Internet Service (MIS), which will allow for seamless integration of new Spartan Stores locations, AT&T will further provide a dedicated Internet connection to support constant and secure real-time access to the Internet across the network.

"With ongoing expansion efforts, like the recent acquisition of Felpausch Stores announced last month, we needed an experienced provider capable of implementing, supporting, and maintaining our growing communication needs," said Dave Couch, Spartan's v.p./information technology. "AT&T's solution is scalable, secure, and reliable."

AT&T's MIS solution will help Spartan Stores improve all data communications between locations on the company's existing network platform, as well as ensuring fast, flexible, and secure access to critical store applications such as point-of-sale and pharmacy activities. The service will further enhance Spartan Stores' IT operations, improve interoffice communication, and maximize the company's ability to respond to customer needs.

Spartan Stores owns and operates 87 supermarkets and drugstores in Michigan and Ohio. The company also supplies private-label and national brand products to independent grocery stores in the Midwest.