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Jewett Drug acquired by Safeway

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Jewett Drug Inc. was established in 1950 as a licensed drug and liquor store. The shareholders were keen to pursue other interests and felt the Company’s significant growth opportunities were best achieved in the hands of a larger company with greater resources. The owners were keen to sell to one of the 4 major pharmaceutical groups.

BCMS Corporate recognized that the business had two elements to it; the drug store and the liquor store; however it was decided to split the business into two discrete parts to facilitate the sale of the drug store element to Safeway Inc.

BCMS structured and tailored its approach to selling the business according to the specific requirements of the Company and the shareholders. BCMS approached a number of pharmaceutical companies and requested that they submit questionnaires to be completed by BCMS and Jewett Drug Inc. in order to obtain high level information about the business prior to proceeding with their offers and the subsequent sale of the business to Safeway Inc.  The due diligence was swift and efficient because Safeway Inc. has conducted many acquisitions in the past. 

The pharmaceutical companies informed us that they preferred working with a broker and expressed frustration in previous deals where they had to deal directly with an independent pharmacist which had its challenges. Some of the pharmaceutical companies approached during the project have expressed interest in working with BCMS in the future for other acquisitions and welcomed the efficiency of our process.

BCMS Corporate is an independent corporate advisory firm with over 20 years experience selling privately owned small and medium-sized businesses. BCMS Corporate currently employs over 200 professionals with offices in North America, Western & Eastern Europe, and Asia.

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Posted May 2010
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