J. Polep Distribution Services of Chicopee, Massachusetts, on Wednesday announced its acquisition of certain assets, including inventory, from Garber Bros., a Northeast convenience store distributor that abruptly shuttered its operations on April 10. J. Polep will not acquire Garber’s accounts receivable or its facility in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
J. Polep is now New England’s largest family-owned and -operated convenience store distributor with a growing portfolio of more than 15,000 SKUs and servicing more than 6,000 customers weekly.
A company official told The Griffin Report of the Northeast, “To balance the continued leveraged growth, J. Polep was able to retain a majority of Garber’s sales force. These talented sales representatives bring experience, knowledge and the mindset J. Polep knows will be a great addition to the company.”
The official said J. Polep is excited about the opportunities the acquisition will provide its employees and customers. Heavy concentration will be placed on the development and growth of customers’ in-store sales and improving their margin dollars. With the newly acquired assets, J. Polep will present additional value-added services and foodservice programs to its customers.
One of the new foodservice offerings acquired from Garber Bros. is the popular branded Beantown Coffee program. J. Polep holds the exclusive rights to Beantown Coffee, which the official said “allows customers to have a coffee shop within their convenience stores featuring specialty roasted Beantown blend and flavored coffees, cappuccinos, iced coffee and beans.” Beantown Coffee is being added to the already extensive hot beverage category at J. Polep, which includes Keurig Green Mountain, Baronet and New England Coffee.
The official said these assets and operation synergies will give J. Polep a stronger presence within the convenience store industry in the Northeast and will further strengthen its business.