SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ-Developer/owner Opus East LLC has signed the Fleming Cos., an Oklahoma City, OK-based food wholesaler, to a lease for 526,000 sf of distribution space at Turnpike Crossing. The latter is a 1.2 million-sf class A distribution park located at Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike.

The lease represents the entire first phase of Turnpike Crossing. Leighton Fisk and Frank Caccavo of Cushman & Wakefield represented Fleming in the transaction, while C&W’s Jules Nissim represented the Bethesda, MD-based Opus East.

The move represents a significant expansion for Fleming, which is emerging for a major restructuring and a period of annual operating losses. One of the country’s largest food wholesalers, the company has a client list that includes some 3,000 supermarkets, a like number of convenience stores and almost 1,000 drug stores, discount stores (including Target and Kmart) and other businesses.

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