This company can soothe your nicotine fit with a fat cigar and satisfy your sweet tooth with a candy bar. Harold Levinson Associates (HLA) is a leading wholesale supplier that primarily serves convenience stores in the Northeastern US. Its inventory of more than 18,000 products includes candy, cigarettes and cigars, and frozen and refrigerated foods, as well as its own Island Coffee brand of coffee products. The company operates a fleet of more than 100 trucks making some 3,000 deliveries each day. It has distribution centers located in Albany and Farmingdale, New York; Auburn, Massachusetts; and Naugatuck, Connecticut.
HLA also carries a line of food products for in-store foodservice operations, one of the fastest growing convenience store categories. Products range from complete meals to single-serve snack items, as well as full hot and cold beverage services, including equipment and supplies. It maintains a complete, fully functional convenience store at its corporate headquarters in Farmingdale, New York, with which it educates its customers about merchandising and new products.
The company started out in business in 1977 selling general merchandise and sundries from the back seat of a car and a walk-up apartment in Brooklyn, New York. – less