SAJ Distributors acquisition done


The acquisition of SAJ Distributors here by New York-based L&R Distributors has been completed.

Walgreen Co., which had earlier acquired SAJ when it purchased the Pine Bluff-based USA Drug regional drugstore chain from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc., entered into an agreement on the L&R acquisition in November 2012.

Founded in 1956, L&R is a national distributor of more than 30,000 products and serves more than 7,000 distribution points within the supermarket, drug, independent and mass classes of trade throughout the U.S. L&R will retain the SAJ name and keep the SAJ Distribution Center and office here open.

Key SAJ personnel in customer service, sales, purchasing, accounting and operations here will remain. L&R will be marketing some new items within its SAJ Division, but the current SAJ inventory mix and delivery processes will be retained.

Headquartered in Brooklyn, L&R has distribution centers there and in Deer Park, N.Y., and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.