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Eby-Brown Announces Expansion

Acquires major independent convenience-store supplier operating in six eastern states

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Convenience-store distributor Eby-Brown Co. LLC has reached a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Liberty USA.

Eby-Brown Liberty USA

West Mifflin, Pa.-based Liberty USA is the largest independently owned convenience-store supplier in Pennsylvania, servicing 2,000 retail customers in six eastern states.

The purchase strengthens Eby-Brown’s presence within the state of Pennsylvania and extends its distribution network into the Northeast.

“We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful people of Liberty USA to the Eby-Brown family,” said Thomas Wake, co-president of Eby-Brown. "Both Eby-Brown and Liberty USA are multigenerational family businesses that have grown through a focus on delivering excellent service and innovation to customers. We look forward to combining two talented teams and are excited to work together on developing new solutions and services that benefit our customers."

He continued, “We will maintain both companies’ commitment to service excellence while delivering increased value with best-in-class category management programs, promotional offerings and sophisticated technology.”

Upon closing the transaction, the Pittsburgh facility will operate as Liberty USA, a Division of Eby-Brown.

Francis “Red” McGuirk and his wife Patricia McGuirk founded Liberty USA in 1959.

Naperville, Ill.-based Eby-Brown, with more than $5 billion in revenue, is the largest family owned, wholesale consumer products distributor in the convenience industry, offering programs, technology and a variety of product and foodservice solutions. Eby-Brown owns and operates six distribution centers throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

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