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    Eby-Brown to Buy Dearborn Wholesale Grocers

    Deal will expand its distribution capabilities in the Chicago area.

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Eby-Brown Co. LLC has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Dearborn Wholesale Grocers LP for an undisclosed sum.

    Privately-held Dearborn Wholesalers has been a full service distributor to convenience store clients near its home base in Chicago for the past 75 years. Dearborn carries more than 23,000 different items.

    Eby-Brown is the largest privately-held convenience store distributor in the United States, with annual revenues exceeding $5 billion. It serves more than 13,000 locations and employs more than 2,000 people.

    Eby-Brown has been owned by members of the Wake family for more than 55 years.

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