C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc and The Grocers Supply Company Inc announced that C&S has agreed to acquire the wholesale distribution and supply business of Grocers Supply.
This acquisition will include Grocers Supply’s warehouse and distribution operations in the Houston, Dallas, and Rio Grande Valley areas of Texas along with its approximately 1,800 employees, but will not include any of Grocers Supply’s retail operations. The transaction is expected to close before year-end and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
“The Grocers Supply Company has a century-long legacy of providing the highest level of service to its valued customers, which are primarily independent retailers and regional chains,” said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and chief executive officer. “We very much look forward to partnering with the Grocers Supply team to continue this tradition and to expand the services and offerings available to its customers through the strength and scale of C&S. C&S is excited to enter the Southwestern United States market and to have the opportunity to service this growing and vital region.”
Grocers Supply distributes all major product lines, including grocery, frozen, dairy, meat, produce, general merchandise, and health and beauty care. It is also known as one of the leading distributors of Hispanic grocery products in the United States, focusing on Texas-made and Texas-grown products. Grocers Supply’s largest customer is the Fiesta Mart chain of stores, which includes 60 retail locations, and is among the largest grocers in the nation serving the Hispanic market.
Max Levit, president of Grocers Supply, said, “As the Levit family planned for the next 100 years, with the goal of sustaining the Grocers Supply wholesale business, we determined that selling the wholesale business would be in the best interest of its stakeholders. We carefully selected C&S Wholesale Grocers as the best choice for our employees and customers because of C&S’s commitment to growth, operational excellence, and service to independent grocers. We appreciate our loyal employees’ numerous accomplishments and look forward to seeing their future successes.”
C&S Wholesale Grocers, based in Keene NH, is a wholesale grocery supply company that serves 5,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with more than 150,000 different products. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C&S now services customers ranging from independent retailers to large chains.
Houston TX-based Grocers Supply is the largest wholesale grocery supplier in Texas, supplying more than 900 independent grocery stores. It serves customers ranging from single-store independent retailers to chains such as Fiesta, FoodTown, Market Basket, Cox Foodarama/La Fiesta, Sellers Brothers, Minyard Food Stores, G E Foodland, and El Rio Grande.