Mergers & Acquisitions

Coleman Oil Acquires 6 Sunset Marts, More

Idaho retailer and distributor purchases assets of Busch Distributing
Coleman Oil acquires Busch Distributing, Sunset Mart

LEWISTON, Idaho — Retailer and distributor Coleman Oil Co. purchased Busch Distributing Inc. and its Sunset Marts convenience-store chain on Dec. 1.

The deal includes the marketing and distribution assets of Pullman, Idaho-based Busch Distributing, four bulk fuel plants, transportation fleet and Chevron lubricants business, as well as six Sunset Mart convenience stores.

Coleman Oil also acquired 24 commercial fueling network cardlock and CFNnet sites. They are a mix of service stations and unstaffed fueling stations where customers pay with credit or debit cards, often in business-to-business transactions.

Coleman Oil now has more than 90 CFNnet sites, 12 company-operated convenience stores, a lubricants division, 14 bulk fuel storage and delivery facilities, biodiesel and renewable fuel sales and a rail logistics operation in north central and northern Idaho, Washington, western Montana and parts of Oregon.

Busch Distributors was founded in 1963 by Tom Busch. His son, Steve Busch, grew the business and added Sunset Marts. His son, Eric Busch, was president of the business starting in 2003, expanding into retail gasoline dealer sales and petroleum equipment services.

Coleman Oil, Lewiston, Idaho, was founded by Bob Coleman Sr. in 1953. His son, Bob Coleman Jr., began working at his father’s business in 1980 and acquired it in 1995. Ian Coleman, the grandson of Bob Coleman Sr., joined the business in 2015 and is its president today.

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