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The Penn Traffic Co., the Syracuse-based parent company of area Quality Markets food stores, is moving a portion of its warehousing operations to Jamestown from Columbus, Ohio.

The decision to relocate the company's health and beauty products distribution center will add 20 jobs to Penn Traffic's existing work force at the Jamestown warehouse, according to Joseph V. Fisher, Penn Traffic's president and chief executive officer.

"Jamestown is much closer to the geographic center of the region we serve," Fisher said. "It has excellent warehouse facilities and a highly skilled work force."

Penn Traffic currently distributes health and beauty products to its 213 supermarkets, which are sprinkled across upstate New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, out of a facility in Columbus. The Jamestown distribution center, located at 101 Jackson Ave., is seen as geographically more efficient than the Ohio warehouse.

While the Jamestown facility has plenty of capacity to accommodate the additional merchandise, it will need to be reconfigured before the new products can start to be shipped. Penn Traffic began the remodeling late last week when some 39 current warehouse employees were placed on temporary leave.

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