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Mesa Distributing Sold; Businessman Reflects on Stadium Quest

Mesa Distributing, the largest beer distributorship in San Diego, has been officially acquired by Reyes Holdings LLC, a Chicago-area firm that is among the largest privately held companies in the nation.

Following the transaction’s completion, announced May 2, Reyes management retained about 210 of Mesa’s 243 employees. The remainder obtained jobs with other local distributors or were granted severance packages, says Ron Fowler, chairman of Liquid Investments, the parent company of Mesa and several other distributorships in Northern California and Colorado.

Fowler, who founded Mesa in 1978 and grew the business to about $200 million in revenue, declined to reveal the purchase price paid by Reyes, ranked by Forbes magazine as the 24th largest private company in the nation with $9.4 billion in 2006 sales.

Fowler, who is on the executive committee of the San Diego International Sports Council and serves as chairman of the San Diego Hall of Champions, chats regularly with the Spanos family, the owners of the San Diego Chargers.

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Fowler says he is optimistic regarding the Chargers’ stadium quest. “The challenge is going to be getting the type of support to bridge the gap,” he said, referring to some participation involving both the city and county of San Diego in any new stadium project.

Since last year, the Chargers have been focused on finding an acceptable site in the city of Chula Vista, and narrowed its selection to a site in the southeastern part of the city and another one now occupied by the South Bay Power Plant on the city’s bay front.

, Mike Allen

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