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Nov 8, 2012 8:46 AM by Mike Powers - KPAX News

Vann's officially has new owner

MISSOULA - The bankrupt Vann's electronics and appliance store chain now has a new owner.

Jerry McConnell, the outgoing CEO of Vann's, has confirmed to Montana's News Station that the sale is a done deal.

The move was approved by a bankruptcy judge on Friday, and McConnell says the money has now changed hands.

The Texas-based company McMagic Partners LP is the new owner, with a new CEO set to be in place by Monday.

McConnell said it couldn't have been a better option for Vann's to get out of bankruptcy adding that McMagic Partners is a great company.

Vann's was more than $13 million in debt, and filed for bankruptcy in early August. The business has been sold as a "going concern business," so no liquidation sale will be held.

McMagic Partners offered to buy Vann's for $4.5 million, and the agreement means employees across Montana will keep their jobs and some creditors will be paid as soon as the deal closes.

Vann's has five stores and a distribution center in the state, and employs about 150 people.

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