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AMCON Distributing Acquires Burklund Distributors

Convenience-store wholesaler also purchases new distribution facility in Colorado
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AMCON Distributing Co., an Omaha, Nebraska-based convenience-store, foodservice and consumer products distributor, has acquired Burklund Distributors Inc., East Peoria, Illinois, another convenience-store and foodservice distributor.

“We are honored that Jon Burklund and Rob Hackett have chosen AMCON to continue the legacy and stewardship of this third-generation family held business that was established by Edwin Burklund in 1939, and grown by Dale Burklund,” said Christopher Atayan, AMCON’s chairman and CEO. “AMCON recognizes and will continue to support the community services of central Illinois that Burklund has a long tradition of sponsorship.”

AMCON will continue to serve Burklund customers from Burklund’s East Peoria and Fairview Heights, Illinois, distribution centers. Upon completion of this acquisition AMCON will service approximately 7,400 locations in 32 states.

“We also look forward to providing the leading-edge customer-centered suite of services that AMCON has developed to bring additional value for the Burklund customers we will now be serving,” said Andrew Plummer, AMCON’s president and COO.

“We now have the enhanced capacity, technology, geographic reach and foodservice facilities to serve our customers as they grow,” Jon Burklund, chairman of Burklund, said.

The companies expect the transaction to close in AMCON’s third quarter of fiscal 2024, subject to customary closing conditions.

In other company ness, AMCON in February acquired a new distribution facility in Colorado City, Colorado.

“This strategic move represents a significant expansion of our operations and underscores AMCON’s commitment to enhanced service for our customers in the Rocky Mountain, Intermountain and Southwest regions of the United States. We are making meaningful additional investments to this facility to expand the frozen and refrigerated footprint to support our growing foodservice initiatives,” said Atayan.

“Our team is working closely with the Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD), as we seek to become the premier employer and support economic growth in Pueblo County.”

The facility is 249,200 square feet set on 38 acres and will feature significant refrigerated and frozen capability, refrigerated docks, extensive docks, parking and excess land for future expansion.

“This facility aligns with AMCON’s strategic geographic growth objectives and enables us to significantly enhance our distribution capabilities. The prime location and extensive amenities of this new distribution facility will enable us to provide cutting edge service to our customers and accommodate a diverse range of needs across the Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma Panhandle and Western Kansas markets.”

AMCON is a leading convenience and foodservice distributor of consumer products, including beverages, candy, tobacco, groceries, foodservice, frozen and refrigerated foods, automotive supplies and health and beauty care products with distribution centers in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. Subsidiaries include subsidiaries Team Sledd LLC and Henry’s Foods Inc. Through its Healthy Edge Retail Group, AMCON operates 15 health and natural product retail stores in the Midwest and Florida.

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