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Mills Fleet Farm Sells After 60 Years as Family Owned Business

Mills Fleet Farm announced KKR will acquire Mills Fleet Farm.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1955 by Stewart Mills Sr. along with his sons, Henry Mills II and Stewart Mills Jr., Mills Fleet Farm has 35 retail stores throughout four Midwestern States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota.

“We have decided to partner with KKR in order to take Mills Fleet Farm to the next level of growth for the future,” said Co-Presidents Henry Mills II and Stewart Mills, Jr. “We took great care in our approach to finding the right partner who shared our values and would preserve the legacy the Mills family has built after serving the Midwest over the last 60 years. We truly believe KKR is the best fit for us organizationally and also the best fit for our employees.”

Hugh Leasum, a member of Mills Fleet Farm’s executive management team, said, “Mills Fleet Farm has grown into the region’s most trusted full-service retailer of everything you need for life, work, home and recreation. We are eager to work together with KKR and are confident this partnership will help us expand upon our already-unparalleled customer service and continue to best serve our local communities.”

“We are proud to partner with Mills Fleet Farm, a highly differentiated brand in the Midwest, and invest behind its continued growth,” Nate Taylor, Member on KKR’s Private Equity team, said. “In doing so, we remain committed to Mills Fleet Farm’s founding values – and those shared by KKR – of honesty, integrity, hard work, service and loyalty to our customers and partners. We anticipate investing significantly in the business, adding infrastructure, stores and local jobs.”

Closing of the transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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