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Sun Capital buys Admiral Petroleum Co & Lemmen Oil Co

Sun Capital Partners Inc said May 23 it acquired Admiral Petroleum Company & Lemmen Oil Company. Financial terms weren’t announced. Coopersville, Michigan-based Admiral Petroleum is a convenience store business that has been family owned and operated since 1905. The deal includes 130 Admiral-branded gas and convenience stores, as well as nine Lemmen-branded gas and convenience stores across Michigan and Indiana. Jeff Turpin will serve as CEO of Admiral. Turpin was previously Chairman and CEO of VPS Convenience Store Group, a Sun Capital portfolio company.


BOCA RATON, FLMay 23, 2016 Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”), a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced that an affiliate has completed the acquisition of Admiral Petroleum Company & Lemmen Oil Company (“the Company” or “Admiral”), a leading convenience store business based in the Midwest.

The Company, which had been family owned and operated since 1905, is headquartered in Coopersville, Michigan, and includes 130 Admiral-branded gas and convenience stores, as well as nine Lemmen-branded gas and convenience stores across Michigan and Indiana. Admiral was one of the first pioneers of the milk, bread, and egg concept in gas stations, which eventually became an industry standard. The Company today employs approximately 1,400 people.

Industry veteran Jeff Turpin, who has more than 20 years of experience in the convenience store industry, will lead growth initiatives at Admiral as CEO. Turpin previously served as Chairman and CEO of VPS Convenience Store Group, a former affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital.

“Admiral has been an innovator in the convenience store sector, and we look forward to building on the business’ strong reputation as it explores new growth opportunities,” said Marc Leder, Co-CEO at Sun Capital. “We’re excited to once again partner with Jeff Turpin, whose proven track record in this industry is second to none. I’m confident his deep experience and operational know-how will be invaluable as Admiral charts an exciting course forward.”

“At Sun Capital, we understand the unique dynamics facing convenience store owners and operators today,” said Sun Capital Principal Jared Wien. “Over the course of more than a century, the Lemmen family successfully built an enduring business. We look forward to collaborating with Jeff and the Admiral management team to help the Company reach its full potential through operational enhancements, organic growth and strategic acquisitions.”

Sun Capital has strong expertise in the convenience store and retail sectors through its investments in a number of past and current affiliated portfolio companies. These include, VPS Convenience Store Group, a leading operator convenience stores; Shopko Stores, an operator of 361 retail stores in 24 states; and The Limited Stores, a specialty retailer offering upscale branded women’s contemporary American casual and working apparel in over 235 stores throughout the U.S.


About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Sun Capital Partners is a global private equity firm focused on identifying companies’ untapped potential and leveraging its deep operational and financial resources to transform results. Sun Capital is a trusted partner that is recognized for its investment and operational experience, including particular expertise in the consumer products and services, food and beverage, industrial, packaging, chemical, building products, automotive, restaurant and retail sectors. Since 1995, Sun Capital has invested in more than 320 companies worldwide across a broad range of industries and transaction structures. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles and New York, and affiliates in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Shenzhen. For more information, visit