Seattle Distributor Gets Friendly

Seattle-based Alaska Distributors Co. has recently acquired Friendly Distributors of Everett, Washington.

Founded in 1969 by Kim and Sharon Blunt, Friendly covered the counties of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish. In addition to buying Friendly’s assets, Alaska Distributors has signed a five-year lease for the 96,000 square foot warehouse and will continue to operate it under the Friendly name.

No financial details of the acquisition were announced.

Founded in 1934, Alaska Distributors has become one of the largest private companies based in Washington, serving clients in seven Northwest states. With the addition of Friendly’s work force, Alaska has more than 750 employees. The company recently announced plans to relocate its headquarters from south Seattle to a new space in Kent next year.

Friendly Distributing is the second Everett beverage distributor to be bought within the past few months. In April, Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Distributing Co. purchased Sound Beverage, which had moved here after buying out another company.