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HLA Company History

1977

  • Started company from walk-up apartment and backseat of car selling general merchandise and sundries

1980

  • Moved to Brooklyn storefront
  • Product line expanded to include tobacco, pipes, cigars and accessories
  • Hired first employee

1983

  • Moved to 3000 square ft. facility in Plainview, NY
  • Added imported cigarettes and candy
  • 6 employees

1988

  • Relocated to 37,000 sq. ft. facility also in Plainview
  • Became New York State licensed stamping cigarette agent
  • Hired 12 new salesmen
  • Product line grew to include store supplies, drinks and snacks
  • Sales revenue $25 million per year

1995

  • Purchased 125,000 sq. ft. warehouse from Grumman Corp.
  • Reached 100 employees
  • Expanded geographic penetration to include upstate NY
  • Sales revenue reached $500 million

2000

  • Opened Distribution Facility in Albany, NY

2001

  • Opened Naugatuck, CT Distribution Facility

2002

  • Moved to present location at 21 Banfi Plaza, Farmingdale, NY. 600,000 sq. ft. facility
  • Sales revenue $1 billion dollars
  • 420 employees, 103 delivery vehicles
  • Territories covered include NY, NJ, PA, CT, MA and RI
  • One of the nation's largest full line convenience store distributors with products ranging from coffee to frozen foods and services such as store planogramming and resets

2004

  • HLA launches a web site to move the company forward technologically and continue to provide our customer base with expanded services that you need to be as profitable as possible

2009

  • Auburn, Massachusetts Distribution Facility Built
  • 10,000 Square Ft Freezer Built for a total of 20,000 square feet of freezer space.

2010

  • Ewing NJ Distribution Facility built.

2011

  • 465 employees, 105 delivery vehicles
  • Sales revenue $1.3 billion dollars
  • Waterbury Distribution Facility built
 

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