The NATM Buying Group has started off the new year by whittling itself from 17 members to 13 as it dropped four of its smaller, and newer, members.
Gone from the group are HandyTV, Queen City TV & Appliances, Vann's and Video Only.
In a prepared statement Bill Trawick, NATM's new executive director, said the group "recently voted to sever ties with four affiliated dealers effective March 31." The four "were affiliated with NATM on a trial basis to determine compatibility. NATM has decided that, while the affiliates are good companies and fine people, at this time of transition the group needs to focus on continual growth among current shareholders."
At press time Trawick was unavailable to comment on a report that the dismissals came in the wake of complaints from some major NATM suppliers that the four dealers were too small to be serviced under the NATM umbrella.
Separately, it's understood that former members of the Northeast chapter of the just-disbanded Key America buying group, representing a combined total of about 60 stores, are signing on with the Associated Volume Buyers group. Late last year AVB added most Key Florida, Minnesota and Southwest chapter members to its ranks.
Other chapters of the defunct 800-member Key organization have opted to join the Nationwide TV & Appliance buying group.