Imperial Co. Expands Into Iowa's Quad Cities With Purchase Of New Facility

Posted On: 3/20/2019

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DAVENPORT, IA -- Imperial Co., a leading vending and foodservice company in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Iowa and Illinois, said it plans to open a new facility in Davenport, IA, with the purchase of the former G7 Anheuser-Busch location. With renovations set to be completed by the summer, the move into the more than 37,000-sq.ft. facility marks the company's continued expansion into the Quad Cities region.
Founded in 1979, Imperial provides vending, micromarkets, catering, corporate dining and coffee service. Imperial acquired Davenport, IA-based Valley Vending in May 2018, which aimed to leverage the company's strong local footprint and reputation.
The new facility will house a warehouse, food coolers, dry storage, a Lightspeed Automation pick-to-light line, commissary, offices and indoor parking for nine route trucks. Imperial says it currently employs more than 700 people serving, with more than $100 million in annual sales.
"We are committed to investing in growth and are excited to continue our expansion into the Quad City market with our soon-to-open new facility," said Imperial Co. president Lance Whorton. "As we continue to deliver on our promise of bringing the freshest quality products to our customers through world-class service and best-in-class technology, this expansion builds upon our successful acquisition of Valley Vending, and will enable us to continue to add new employment opportunities as we grow and scale along with the needs of our customers."
Following the acquisition of Valley Vending, Imperial began upgrading more than 500 machines with USA Technologies cashless payments and enterprise software solutions.
As part of the acquisition of Valley Vending and purchase of the new facility, Imperial plans roll out USAT's cashless payments and enterprise software solutions on additional machines, provide a larger variety of products and enhanced fresh food items, expand micromarket deployment and  begin in-house coffee roasting. Its plans also include guaranteed rapid response time for service calls and tracking of calls, subsidy and payroll deduct options and loyalty and rewards programs on unattended machines and upgraded refrigerated route trucks.