ARKO Corp.’s GPM Investments to Acquire ExpressStop Stores in Michigan and Ohio
Marks first acquisition since ARKO completed its transaction to trade on NASDAQ in December 2020
RICHMOND, Va., March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GPM Investments, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARKO Corp. (Nasdaq: ARKO), signed an agreement to acquire 61 convenience stores with gas stations in Michigan and Ohio operating under the ExpressStop banner. This acquisition will complement GPM’s existing 165 stores in Michigan and nine stores in Ohio.
“Our model of growing through acquisition while keeping the local banners in place has delivered significant value for all of ARKO’s stakeholders,” said Arie Kotler, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARKO. “Michigan and Ohio are important geographies for us, and we believe that ExpressStop is a highly regarded brand there. We look forward to welcoming those associates to the GPM family while providing ExpressStop customers with the same great quality products and services they’re used to.”
As part of the deal, Fifth Third Securities acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ExpressStop. This acquisition will expand upon GPM’s existing network of 1,350 company-operated stores. The closing of the transaction is subject to fulfillment of customary closing conditions precedent, including obtaining all required permits and licenses. Subject to such conditions being fulfilled, the closing is planned to take place during the first half of 2021.
About ARKO Corp.:
Arko Corp. (Nasdaq: ARKO) owns 100% of GPM Investments, LLC (“GPM”). Based in Richmond, VA, GPM was founded in 2003 with 169 stores and has grown through acquisitions to become the 7th largest convenience store chain in the United States, with approximately 2,950 locations comprised of approximately 1,350 company-operated stores and approximately 1,600 dealer sites to which it supplies fuel in 33 states and Washington D.C. GPM operates in three segments: retail, which consists of fuel and merchandise sales to retail consumers; wholesale, which supplies fuel to third-party dealers and consignment agents; and GPM Petroleum, which supplies fuel to GPM and its subsidiaries selling fuel (both in the retail and wholesale segments) as well as sub-wholesalers and bulk purchasers. Its stores offer its fasREWARDS® high value loyalty program, a large selection of beverages, coffee, fountain drinks, candy, salty snacks, and many other products to meet the needs of the everyday customer. One feature, setting many of its convenience stores apart is a wide array of proprietary food offerings ranging from fresh chicken, fresh-made salads, and sandwiches to healthy, grab-and-go meals.
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