The Houston Vending Provider you Can Count On Proudly Serving all of Texas ​

Our History

Every great journey starts with a single step. Learn more about our story and how we went from a few vending machines to the best team in the industry…The EMPIRE TEAM!

The Empire Story

2012

The Story Begins

Jonathan split his time between the banking industry for two days a week and store management at HEB grocery for the remaining five days. His dedication paid off when he received a scholarship award from the President of HEB at the Houston Food Bank for his outstanding performance. Jonathan, with financial support from his father Keith, ventured into entrepreneurship by purchasing a small vending route comprising six vending machines. He committed to servicing the machines daily after completing his regular work hours, thus giving rise to the birth of EMPIRE.

2012

2014

Time to Grow

Empire acquires M&D Vending, and in the aftermath of the acquisition, Keith, the father, assumes the roles of CFO and General Manager at Empire, while Bianca, the mother, takes on the position of Administrator within the company.

2014

2016

Jordan Joins the Team

Jonathan’s sibling, Jordan Abernathy, becomes part of Empire in the capacity of Vice President of Sales.

2016

2018

More Growth

Empire acquires Debbie’s Happy Vending and enters into a partnership with Cantaloupe Systems. The company implements telemetry technology across all vending machines and initiates the pre-picking process, eliminating the concept of a “warehouse on wheels.”

2018

2019

Empire Coffee

Empire acquires M&G Vending, giving rise to the birth of Empire Coffee!

2019

2020

Welcome Sandy and The Empire Market

The inaugural Empire Market is introduced, and Sandy Schoenthaler becomes a valued member of the Empire family, contributing her extensive 35 years of experience.

2020

2021

Empire To Go

Empire inaugurates the EmpireToGo food kitchen, commencing the production and distribution of a variety of fresh food options. The company extends its presence into Austin and San Antonio, while concurrently surpassing a milestone of over 1,000 vending machines.

2021

2022

More Growth

Empire attains the milestone of 100 markets and concurrently acquires Corporate Vending Partners.

2022

2023

The Biggest & Best

Empire emerges as the largest independent operation in Southeast Texas. (Fulfillment Warehouse Team pictured above)

2023

Welcome Tony

Keith’s Cousin, Tony Banner, becomes a part of the Empire family in the role of Vice President overseeing sales for Empire Coffee.

Giving Back

Empire initiates Operation- Empire Gives Back, contributing over 10,000 meal bags to churches in the Houston Area to provide holiday meals for families.

2024

STAY TUNED!

The best is yet to come…

2024
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