SnapAV announced today that they have acquired HCA Distributing, expanding their footprint of local distribution outlets around the country. HCA was founded in Denver, CO and eventually expanded to a second outlet in Salt Lake City, UT. The announcement of the acquisition was made by Trevor Hansen, SnapAV’s manager of their Volutone business unit.
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After SnapAV closed on the acquisition of HCA, they immediately moved the Salt Lake City facility to a larger location, doubling its size to 10,000 sq.ft. This was said to be necessary, according to Wally Whinna, SnapAV Senior Vice President of Local, because experience has taught them that larger locations better serve the local dealers and integrators, “…due [to] the increased demand on inventory to support substantial revenue increases.”
We are proud to add HCA to our growing network and be able to serve our partners in these two very important markets. We’re also pleased that the entire HCA team, led by Ron Perron, will be joining Volutone and bringing with them their impressive reputation for customer service in these markets.”Trevor Hansen, SnapAV Manager of the Volutone business unit
Now 27 Distribution Centers Around the U.S.
With this acquisition, the Volutone business unit operates a total of 10 Pro Store branches. This is a significant segment of the overall 27 Pro Stores that SnapAV operates throughout the U.S.
The company notes that the HCA locations are already in the process of getting updated with all of the SnapAV brands such that they will be able to provide same-day access to their dealers. This means they will have the full assortment of Sony, Samsung, Sonos, Klipsch, KEF, Yamaha, Ubiquiti, RTI and more.
SnapAV is in the middle of an industry-changing plan to better serve both the integration community and end user customers, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The ability to bring all of these great brands and services to our partners completes my vision of how HCA can increase its contributions to our partners’ success.”Ron Perron, HCA
Apparently, More are Coming
Apparently the company is in the process of further acquisitions. How do I know this? Because after telling us they have 27 locations, their announcement adds this: “…will soon include a total of 30 stores in major metro markets…” The announcement also notes that their Pro “Stores” are being “revamped to offer an open shopping platform, where customers [dealers?] can freely browse aisles of products” as well as interact with staff and take advantage of training. The “open shopping platform” is a concept that was pioneered by Wave many years ago that was a radical departure from normal warehouse practices where dealers were not allowed around the inventory.
Select Stores have 24-hour will-call room where dealers can access product whenever they like. The company also says that although in-person training events were halted in 2020 due to COVID-19, they anticipate ramping up new training sessions by the fourth quarter of this year.
Does a Little End Zone Dance
Finally, the company does a little end-zone dance by mentioning that they are now operating “tens of thousands of square feet of retail [?] floorspace to support the needs of SnapAV partners nationwide, while some competitors have struggled to maintain normal operations.” Not sure who that slam was intended for…perhaps Wave?
So standy by…there appears to be more coming from SnapAV.
You can learn more about SnapAV by visiting: snapav.com.