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RICHMOND, Va. — GPM Investments LLC has inked an expanded service agreement with McLane Co. Inc. for the 42 recently acquired Apple Market convenience stores in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
With the addition of these stores, McLane now services all GPM stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, including stores in Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania. This brings the number of GPM stores it services to 289.
"As GPM continues to pursue growth opportunities, we know we can rely on McLane to provide the same excellent service we've experienced in other markets," said GPM Chief Operating Officer Chris Giacobone.
As part of the agreement, McLane's foodservice solution, McLane Kitchen, will support GPM's plan to introduce specialty items like pizza, sandwiches, salads and fried chicken to its stores.
McLane Kitchen will work closely with GPM as it implements planograms and product mixes tailored for each, the wholesaler noted.
Stuart Clark, vice president of trade relations and c-store trade class at McLane, said their ability to support GPM with unique foodservice items and a custom product mix intended to attract local customers has helped GPM expand into new markets.
"We are pleased to be in a position to assist GPM with their recent acquisition of the Apple Market locations," Clark said. "Our supply chain in these new areas will not only provide GPM with traditional merchandise, but an expanded foodservice offering to ensure they deliver to the consumer the same great experience as its current locations."
GPM and McLane have been in business together since 2003.
McLane Co. operates 80 distribution centers in the United States and buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 90,000 locations across the country.
GPM Investments, together with its subsidiaries, now operates more than 800 stores in 17 states.