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Empire Merchants LLC

Empire Merchants LLC is the premier wine and spirits distributor in the Metropolitan New York area with roots going back to the end of Prohibition. With more than 1,300 dedicated associates and state-of-the-art facilities, Empire Merchants LLC has become synonymous with both service and quality and has earned the loyalty of more than 10,000 area restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, and retail outlets.  

Empire Merchants LLC acts as a marketing agent for the brands that we represent and is proud to employ the most knowledgeable and well-equipped sales force in Metro New York. 

Our selling divisions are split into two houses: Empire Merchants and United. Our experienced sales staff services licensed retail accounts throughout Metro New York, including the following counties: New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island), Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester.

Our centrally located offices and warehouses in Queens and Brooklyn stock over 9,000 unique beverage alcohol items, shipped to us from over 150 global supplier partners. Our sophisticated warehouse management and sortation systems allow us to effortlessly track a single case as it moves through our distribution center and onto a truck for next business day delivery to the trade.

The company was formed in February 2007 through the legal combination of Charmer Industries Inc. and Peerless Importers Inc. in Metro New York. The resulting company, Empire Merchants LLC, is a partnership between Bulldog Ventures Ltd., a company owned by the Magliocco family, and Charmer Industries, Inc., a company owned by the Drucker and Merinoff families.   
The vision of Empire Merchants LLC is to be the distributor of choice for our suppliers, customers, associates, industry, and community. Empire Merchants LLC operates in accordance with all federal and state laws.

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