Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2017 - 78
MCANENY BROTHERS INC.
McAneny Brothers offers everything a c-store needs, plus fresh produce, meats, deli, dairy,
frozen and more for independent groceries. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
President Steve McAneny takes pride in his
family company's dual focus on grocery stores
and convenience stores.
t was a leap of faith McAneny Brothers' parents
took back in 1979 when they put their family
home on the line to secure the bank loan three
of their sons needed to buy a small wholesale
business from the family's next door neighbors.
Steve McAneny remembers, "It was asking a lot.
Our parents believed in us enough to literally put
up everything they had. We were young. I was 24
years old, my brother Tom was 22 and Joe was just
graduating high school at 18 years old."
"We paid off that first loan, and now 38 years
later, we're still growing, continuing to work hard,"
McAneny says. "My parents instilled a work ethic in
us and I think that's a good part of what helped us.
My brothers and I worked after school and summers
for our neighbors, Harry and Mary Jo Helsel. When
we bought Helsel Wholesale, it was a one-room
storefront that was no more than 3,000 square feet.
We sold tobacco, confections, novelties, and fundraising games to local stores and organizations. That
was our focus for the first several years."
As McAneny Brothers grew, the company relocated to bigger, more efficient locations. Today, the
Ebensburg, Pa.-based company's 172,000-squarefoot headquarters sits on 17 acres in the Cambria
County Industrial Park. The company is a wholesale
food, produce and meat distributor to regional convenience and grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Maryland, West Virginia and New York.
"My brother, Joe, was the visionary of the company even back when we were just beginning to grow,"
McAneny says. "The owner of a produce company in our community had passed away and his wife
was getting out of the business, so Joe suggested we
should get in the produce business. It was a challenge,
and there was a real learning curve, but we did it.
"Then a few years later, a national meat packer
was closing its local distribution center, so we were
fortunate enough to hire the people running that facility, a move which put us in the fresh meat and deli
business." McAneny continues. "This took us from
being a convenience store supplier to also being a
secondary grocery supplier."
Today, McAneny Brothers offers everything to
fully stock convenience stores as well as a complete
range of products for grocery stores, including produce, deli, meat, bakery, and dairy items.
"In today's world of super-size, specialized distributors," McAneny notes, "we're unusual in that about
half our sales come from c-stores and half from independent grocery stores ... You could say we're a dual
distributor with expertise in both classes of trade."
When McAneny Brothers says fresh produce, they
really mean fresh. "We buy direct from growers in
California, Florida, Idaho, Mexico, South America,