DISTRIBUTORS/CO-OPS

Mid-States grows in Missouri

Farm-and-ranch distributor buys former Toy’s ‘R’ Us facility.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Farm-and-ranch co-op Mid-States Distributing LLC, purchased a distribution center previously owned by Toy’s “R” Us in Lee’s Summit, Mo. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13 included Mid-States executives and local officials.

Mid-States, which has 39 retail members operating some 700 store locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The company plans to invest more than $35 million in the Lee’s Summit facility, which measures more than 725,000 square feet on a 41-acre lot

Tom Mahlke, president and CEO. Told the Fox News affiliate in Kansas City, Mo., that the company will enjoy the ability to grow into the facility. “We’re going to start out and probably we’ll occupy maybe a third to a half of the building,” he said. “But our growth plans suggest we’re going to need all of the building in the next 2 to 5 years.”

Included on the “Our Members” page of the Mid-States web site are Atwoods of Enid, Okla.; Bomgaars Supply of Sioux City, Iowa; and C-A-L Ranch Stores of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mid-States describes its annual sales as more than $6.5 billion.

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