BJ’s Wholesale buying 4 distribution centers from Burris Logistics

 BJ’s Wholesale Club agreed to acquire the assets and operations of four distribution centers and the related private transportation fleet from Milford-based Burris Logistics.

The transaction will allow BJ’s to insource its perishable supply chain. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. BJ’S is a publicly traded company, while Burris is one of Delaware’s largest privately held companies.

“For more than 20 years, we have enjoyed a true partnership with the Burris Logistics team as we distribute the freshest perishable products to clubs throughout our chain. As we continue to accelerate our new club growth, broaden our footprint, and expand our fresh food offerings, we are excited to insource these capabilities to support our future growth,” said Bob Eddy, CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “I want to thank the entire Burris team for their partnership, and we look forward to welcoming the Burris team members supporting the BJ’s operations to our family.”

Burris Logistics is a 90-year-old family business that provides temperature-controlled distribution and logistics services. For decades, Burris Logistics has partnered with BJ’s in distributing its offerings.

“BJ’s has assembled a fantastic business and team. Burris Logistics has been proud to partner with BJ’s on its growth and transformation over the last several years,” said Donnie Burris, CEO, Burris Logistics. “This acquisition represents the next chapter in Burris Logistics’ evolution and presents amazing opportunities for both BJ’s and the team members at these distribution centers. I am incredibly proud of what we have created and extremely excited to see the future growth for all involved.”

The proposed acquisition includes four perishable goods distribution centers (Rocky Hill, CT; Orlando, FL; Elkton, MD; Independence, KY), the staff of these facilities, the associated real property, and the capital assets necessary for operations.

Burris has distribution centers on the East Coast, Florida, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. In addition, the company has Delaware distribution sites in Milford and New Castle.

“We look forward to welcoming all of the talented Burris Logistics team members who have supported our business to the BJ’s supply chain team,” said Jeff Desroches, executive vice president and chief operations officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “The addition of these four facilities and the private fleet is part of a larger strategy to expand and scale efficient supply chain capabilities, positioning BJ’s for continued growth while delivering the best quality and freshest products to our members.”

This acquisition, which was approved by the boards of both companies, is subject to regulatory approval and traditional closing processes and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

Headquartered in Westborough, MA, BJ’s Wholesale Club operates membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. Currently, the company operates 225 clubs and 156 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states. BJ’s has four locations in Delaware.

In addition to its logistics operation, Burris owns Trinity Logistics, a Seaford-based company that matches up trucking companies with shipments.

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