A Kansas City-based company led by former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman has acquired a bottling plant in St. Charles, Mo. for $7.2 million, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

The Coca-Cola Co. (DOW: KO) sold the plant to Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as part of a refranchising initiative for its North American bottling operations. The deal closed in March and includes a 231,332-square-foot facility.

A Kansas City-based company led by former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman

Bridgeman expanded his relationship with Coca-Cola in 2016, signing a letter of intent to acquire territory in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Illinois. The agreement also included the acquisition of a production facility in Lenexa, which produces Coca-Cola Co.’s sparkling beverages, such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite, in 12-ounce cans and plastic bottles in several sizes.

Heartland has 18 locations across Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

Bridgeman played for 12 seasons in the NBA and his No. 2 jersey was retired by the Milwaukee Bucks franchise in 1988.

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