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Kirschman’s Joins MARTA Buying Group

4/10/2006 10:07:00 AM Eastern

Phoenix — Kirschman's, a five-store appliance, electronics and furniture dealer based in New Orleans, has joined MARTA Cooperative of America.

According to a prepared statement by MARTA’s managing director William Bursley, the Louisiana-based $60 million retailer had been a MARTA member until joining Nationwide as a core member in their brand-builder division four years ago.

“In today's competitive environment, retailers are seeking value just like their customers. Kirschman’s decision to return to MARTA and take advantage of our strategic alliance with BrandSource puts an exclamation point on our operating model of reducing costs while adding more service and ultimately more value.” Bursley said.

In the same statement issued by MARTA, Joe Clavijo, Kirschman’s appliance and electronics VP, was impressed with the changes within the MARTA group. “Several things stood out in making our decision. MARTA pricing was overall as good or better as Nationwide’s Brand Builder pricing. The additional services now available to MARTA members are very strong and will build additional value for Kirschmans. MARTA’s open-book policy along with the lower membership costs, also weighed in our decision.”

MARTA, now affiliated with the larger Brand Source buying group based in Anaheim, Calif., has an annual volume of $1.5 billion and over 90 members.

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