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McCLAIN’S SELLS ITS FORT MYERS RETAIL BUSINESS

The retail store, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has been purchased by its long-time manager.

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 6, 2016 – McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet has sold its retail outlet in Fort Myers, Fla., as part of the company’s plan of continued growth for its regional wholesale distribution business.

The sale to Jane Maurer, who has been managing the retail specialty food store since 2009, was effective Jan. 1, according to Kelly Abercrombie, CEO of McClain’s, a regional distributor of shelf stable gourmet food, bulk and count candy, and Florida specialties and novelties. The retail store at 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Fort Myers, was also previously named McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet. It has been renamed McClain’s Gourmet to retain the branding and goodwill accrued during McClain’s nearly 30 years as a retailer in Fort Myers, Abercrombie said. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

“When I joined McClain’s in 2008, our business was 95 percent retail and 5 percent wholesale, and it has always been our goal to reverse those numbers and concentrate on wholesale,” Abercrombie said. “Jane Maurer has been a wonderful employee and manager, and we are very happy to have the store in her capable hands.” The retail store has permanent air-conditioned space at the Fleamasters Flea Market and is celebrating 30 years at that location this year. It is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and offers shoppers the opportunity to sample about 30 gourmet food products daily.

About McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet:

McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet is a regional distributor of shelf stable gourmet food, bulk and count candy, and Florida specialties and novelties. McClain’s distributes more than 4,500 products from 75 suppliers. Accounts range from airport concession, hotels and hospitality, and retailers such as Whole Foods, The Fresh Market and Lucky’s Market to independent grocers, drug stores, and other retailers. McClain’s carries products from national companies like Jelly Belly, Taffy Town, Boyer, Bone Suckin’ Sauce, DeLallo, and Braswell. It also specializes in distribution of Florida-produced products including Anastasia Confections, Davidson of Dundee, The Spice Lab, Reva Foods, and Tropical Blossom. More information about McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet is available online at www.McClainsWholesale.com, or by calling 800.995.6887. Connect with McClain’s on Facebook and Twitter.

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