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Robert Strickland, a Fayetteville native, was born at his home just outside of town in 1920. He served in the Army during WWII, and upon his return he began to work for a local dairy.

After almost 20 years in the dairy business, he was given an opportunity to work in sales for a frozen foods distributor. Shortly thereafter, he started his own one-truck business by purchasing the territory license for the Fayetteville area from a food manufacturer known as Henderson Portion Pak. In 1960, Strickland’s Portion Pak was born. From the beginning, Robert’s wife, Alene, worked alongside him. He handled the sales and deliveries while she ran the office and handled the paperwork. Her hard work and support were instrumental in the early success of the business.

In 1976, Robert Strickland passed away much too early at the age of 55. By this time, his son-in-law, Robert Spain, had been involved in the business for several years, he assumed the role of President in 1977.  Alene Strickland continued to work as a highly involved owner, and was an integral part of the daily business activities until her death in 1998.

Much like his father-in-law, Robert Spain relied heavily on his wife, Lavetta, in the development of the business. In addition to her support, she has been a part of the day-to-day operations since her employment began in 1981.

Ever the family business, Robert and Lavetta’s son, Marshall, joined the business full time in 2001. Marshall helped to chart the company with his dad for several years.  Therefore, it was only fitting upon Robert’s sudden passing in 2019, for Marshall to take over as President of the business with his wife Leta by his side.

Strickland’s began in 1960 by carrying frozen, portion-controlled meats and seafoods. This was our primary mix of products for about 45 years. In 2005 we began adding other frozen items, such as French fries, frozen vegetables, and appetizers.  We also added refrigerated storage space to our warehouse, and included cheese and deli meats in our product line. Soon after, we began to slowly work our way into the dry goods category.  In 2015 we added a new dry warehouse, and in 2022 we completed a new freezer for our Sapona Road location. Shortly thereafter we added a second location just for our dry products.  We have expanded our product line to well over 1000 items, and continue to bring in new products that meet our customer’s needs.

Strickland’s Portion Pak has been in operation now for over 60 years.  We have evolved from a niche frozen foods supplier to a broadline foodservice distributor. One thing that has not changed, we continue to work hard, and we love what we do. And we plan to serve the community for many years to come.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”
Psalm 90:17

Strickland’s Portion Pak
Physical Location:
2016 Sapona Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28312

Phone: 910-483-6788
Fax: 910-483-5851

Mailing Address:
Strickland’s Portion Pak
PO Box 20102
Fayetteville, NC 28312

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