Niemann Foods Inc.(NFI), Quincy, Ill., purchased 16 Pick-A-Dilly convenience stores in Northeastern Missouri from Big River Oil, Hannibal Mo, according to the KHQA-TV news Web site.
The entire acquisition should be completed during the next month. NFI operates a wide variety of retail formats, now including 28 c-stores under two banners, Pick-A-Dilly and County Market Express.
“NFI is excited to welcome the Pick-A-Dilly group into our family,” Jeremy Dyer, NFI director of operations for the convenience store group told KHQA-TV. “Our experience in retail and, more specifically, in convenience stores, has prepared us for this opportunity. Big River Oil is a strong organization and will continue to supply fuel to the Pick-A-Dilly, as well as the area County Market Express Stores.”
“Our partnering with NFI allows us to focus on our core business of energy distribution, while NFI is able to focus on its core business of retail. This agreement will benefit the customers and employees of both companies,” added Stewart McIntyre, vice president of Big River Oil Co.
NFI intends on continuing to operate the stores under the Pick-A-Dilly name. Locations include Kirksville, Edina, Canton, West Quincy, Palmyra, Louisiana, Vandalia, Center, Kingdom City, two in Moberly and five in Hannibal. Many of the locations will allow co-marketing efforts with area County Market Stores, increasing customer value through promotions and greater buying power.
NFI also recently completed the acquisition of the Shell One Stop convenience store located on 6th and Broadway in Quincy. “Our recent growth demonstrates NFI’s commitment to the area. As a locally owned and operated business, we are committed to our associates, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs for NFI.