C.H. Pelias, a Greek immigrant, founded Imperial Trading in 1916 as a wholesale grocer for independent retail stores in New Orleans. The 3rd generation family business is led by owner and CEO John Georges.
Wayne Baquet was appointed president in 2005. Under his leadership, Imperial expanded its regional footprint to include warehouse acquisitions in Bossier City, LA, New Albany, MS, and Cedartown, GA.
Imperial is currently ranked as one of the Top 10 convenience store distributors with sales exceeding 1 billion dollars. Our corporate office and 150,000 sq ft warehouse facility is located at 701 Edwards Ave. Elmwood, LA 70123.