Connecting Buyers & Sellers of Businesses

Integrity, Creative Thinking & Unrelenting Work Ethic

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We offer a wide array of services to help both buyers and sellers find success with their entrepreneurial endeavors. Whether you are a first time buyer seeking education on purchasing an established business or franchise, a 50 year old manufacturing company looking to sell, or even a business with dreams of franchising, The Kensington Company is here to help you meet your objectives. We regularly hold free educational seminars for our buyers and sellers alike. With over 150 active exclusive business listings, 120 vetted franchise partners, free educational seminars for buyers and sellers, there is no better resource to help with your goal of buying or selling a business.

mergers and acquisitions



The buyers and sellers may change, but experience, knowledge and integrity are three constants that are found when Kensington Company facilities a transaction. If you are looking for a resource as much as you are looking for a intermediary, look no further.

franchise consulting



With thousands of brands, and many myths, navigating the world of franchising can be can be overwhelming. We will take the time to work with you on a personal level to introduce you to the brands which make the most sense for your unique goals and objectives.

franchise sales and development



Our extensive knowledge of franchising and of business provides companies looking to grow their franchise the needed expertise to develop their brand. We have the right experience, relationships and market reach to help emerging franchise companies become national brands.

business valuations



The credibility of our certified valuations offers our clients the unique service of determining a realistic financial valuation of their existing business in a professional and affordable manner. Our variety of valuation services have been used for a range of complex business issues.

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M&A Sell Side

regal pharmacy
Sold a high volume pharmacy to a synergistic buyer Service Businesses, Retail

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the really great food company
Sold a gluten free food manufacturer to an individual buyer Food & Beverage, Manufacturing / Distribution

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villa bianca
Sold a catering hall, motel, limo company and real estate property to an individual buyer Food & Beverage, Service Businesses

M&A Buy Side

stamford pharmacy
Advised the purchaser of a Connecticut pharmacy, after finding the acquisition target Service Businesses, Retail

M&A Sell Side

Sold two New York City burger restaurants to an individual buyer Food & Beverage

M&A Sell Side

Sold an iconic 80+ year old New York City bagel store to a synergistic buyer Food & Beverage

M&A Sell Side

Sold a network of four locations in Florida to an individual buyer Franchise, Retail

M&A Sell Side

Dunkin Donuts For Sale
Sold a network of five locations near Houston, Texas with a large SDA to a synergistic buyer Food & Beverage, Franchise

M&A Sell Side

Sold a minority stake in a well-known 25 year old candy and snack distribution company to a individual Food & Beverage, Manufacturing / Distribution

M&A Sell Side

cookie outlet
Sold a Long Island based 25 year old snack distributor to an individual buyer Food & Beverage, Manufacturing / Distribution

M&A Sell Side

Sold a local 30 year old chocolate store on Long Island to an individual buyer Food & Beverage, Franchise

M&A Sell Side

metro candy apple
Sold a 40 year old candy apple manufacturer and distributor to an individual buyer Food & Beverage, Manufacturing / Distribution

Business Valuations

3 dimensional
Performed a Fair Market Value Appraisal for multiple financial institution corporations Service Businesses


Sold a 60 year old manufacturer of conveyor systems to an individual buyer Manufacturing / Distribution


Sold one of Long Islands most well-known catering halls, with real estate property to an individual buyer Food & Beverage


Hand and Stone
Exclusively sold Area Developer Agreements across the globe, growing the brand from 2 units to 50+ sold Franchise


chocolate works
Exclusivly sold new territories, growing the brand from 3 units to 30+ sold in 18 months. Franchise


mosquito joe
Sold the entire Long Island market of 8 territories to various individuals over a 12 month period. Service Businesses, Franchise


Sold a network of 22 stores in the NYC Market Place to a synergistic acquirer. Food & Beverage, Franchise

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client testimonials


It is not often that I've taken the time to write a letter of recommendation. However, the experience I had with Albert Hakim and The Kensington Company was exceptional. We operated a family owned retail gift store for 38 years called PROTASS. I met Albert in April 2015. I had the confidence after our first get together that if there was a possibility of selling our business, Albert was going to help make it happen. First of all, Albert "talked...
Fred P. | Protass Fifts
Joe, Thank you for all your hard efforts to find the specific buyer it took for my location. It took lots of patience and dedication to achieve this goal and you were the guy to do it.  You were a Super Pro like always. Joe is not only very professional, but also a guy you can have complete confidence in, like family. Yours truly. Emilio Branchinelli Emilios Pizza, Passione, Pasta-Eria, Fanatico, Gino’s Italian Ices
Emilio B. | Emilios Pizza
Joe, Again I would like to thank you for all your detailed support. Without you this deal would never happened and I truly mean that:))). Things are certainly moving into right direction. Finally!!! (The buyer) has started her training yesterday and she is giving resignation notices to her current employers and soon will be in the restaurant full time learning from guys. I will wait to hear from (The attorney). As far as I remember he was requesting executed contract...
Eddie P. | La Cappanina Pizza
Ken, Joe is a great man. He offers his great knowledge, professionalism and charm to his clients. He works with honesty and his heart and it offers a quality where the clients can absolutely trust his advice and guidance. Joe's passion, experience and understanding of the pizza/restaurant is a priceless asset in what he does. Joe is absolutely the best!
Anthony F. | Frantantoni Pizza
Before it all fades from memory, we want to express our sincere thanks for managing the sale of our network of Long Island Gymboree Play and Music centers. Despite enormous challenges, you showed dogged determination to get the deal done and at a fair price. You, Adam, Stuart, Albert and everyone else involve showed the utmost in professionalism and competence in all dealings throughout the process. For that we will always be grateful.
Debra W. | Gymboree
I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you (Stu) and Ken for your professionalism, expertise, knowledge and guidance in support of the sale of BounceU Farmingdale. After speaking with several potential brokers at the onset, I was confident after our very first meeting, as it was evident to me immediately, that the Kensington Company was the right option for this transaction. You were extremely knowledgeable and immediately understood the value of the business, while setting the...
Michael M. | Bounce-U
Please allow me the opportunity to express my thanks for your successful efforts in selling my company. Throughout the long process you demonstrated incredible perseverance, professionalism and discretion. I was initially not convinced that you, and anyone, would be able to keep the knowledge of the sale confidential for such a lengthy period of time but you managed to do just that. Even after vetting a long list of potential buyers, and finding the right buyer, the sale of my...
John M. | Chocolate Mold Company, INC.
I would like to take this opportunity to write about my extremely positive experience with the Kensington Company in their handling of the recent sale of my Company, Newton's Naturals. We are a Manufacturer and Distributor of Gourmet Dried Fruits, Premium Nuts, Specialty Snack Mixes & Candy based in Freeport, NY. I had real concerns about the process of selling my company, whether it could even be sold without interrupting operations as well as concerns related to finding the right...
Moheb S. | Newton's Naturals
In March of 2008, The Kensington Company handled the sale of my two pharmacies, Jolin Pharmacy, Inc & Lumit Pharmacy, Inc. Ken Stein of The Kensington Company handled all of the contract negotiations, inventory negotiations and all the landlord negotiations (dealing extremely well with the two different difficult landlords). He was very knowledgeable about the pharmacy industry and made an anxious time in my life go very smoothly. I highly recommend the Kensington Company to represent any buyer or seller...
Michell M. | Jolin Pharmacy, INC
I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you that Nicole and I appreciate all that you were able to do for us. Making the decision to sell wasn't easy; however, you really made the entire process a smooth transition for us. All of your hard work paid off in the end, which we could not have done it without your help. Tony Altomare is the perfect man to take WitorWitout to the next level. Again, thanks, and...
Dan. N | WitorWitout, LLC
I want you to be the first person that I thank for helping us sell our business, Banks Sails USA, to the industry leader North Sails. As you know we had the Closing today and everything worked out great and according to our expectations. You will recall that we became engaged in negotiations with North Sails before you became involved. As soon as North Sails made a serious offer we contacted you to help us through the complex issues associated...
Steve B. | Banks Sails
I want to thank you for making the sale of my business possible. Evaluating and marketing my kind of business required first class professionalism, but the sale would not have taken place without your ability to negotiate the deep waters of the small business administration's banking establishment.
Allen G. | Plastic Bag Factory Outlet, INC.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to you for proficient handling of the sales process of our stores. Especially the skills in presentation of the issues are very much appreciated. And of course, application of the knowledge and experience coupled with the hard work, will take you a long way. On both professional and personal level, we really appreciate the efforts and time you put in. We wish you good luck in life and many...
Arjan D. | Dunkin Donuts
I am pleased to tell you about Kenneth Stein, who acted as broker in the recent sale of my manufacturing business. Ken demonstrated keen perception in analyzing my company's strengths and weaknesses on his first visit. This skill enabled him to evaluate my needs as seller, and also helped him determine an appropriate buyer. The entire negotiating process was handled with professionalism and courtesy. Either Ken or a member of his capable staff was always available to answer questions, provide...
Jack A. | Foam visions INC.
We have been working with Ken Stein and Kensington Company to sell our business for a number of months. Even though he has not yet had success locating a buyer for us, I am confident that if anyone can do it, it will be Ken Stein. He has delivered everything he promised us, and more to try to market and sell our challenging and unique business. He has taken the time to get to know how our business operates, who...
Cathy G. | Gross Enterprises
Throughout the long process you demonstrated incredible perseverance, professionalism and discretion. I was initially nor convinced that you, or anyone, would be able to keep the knowledge of the sale confidential for such a lengthy period of time but you managed to do just that. Even after vetting a long list of potential buyers, and finding the right buyer, the sale of my firm was kept from becoming public throughout the entire process right up to the closing date. That...
John M. | Sylvan
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank you for the great Meet the Zor event on Thursday, April 26, 2012. It was by far the best planned and organized MTZ that I have attended. The quality of attendees with whom I spoke was excellent, and we have several strong leads to pursue. Express is a great franchise model, and as a former owner for 12 years, I can attest to the ability to own your business, but...
Don L. | Express
I have known Ken Stein for many years and have yet to become associated with a more ethical salesperson in my career. Not only does he possess the highest ethical standards. But the quality of his work and the work of his employees is impeccable. I would never hesitate to recommend any franchisor client of mine to use their services.
Harold K. | Franchise Attorney
Both Ken Stein & Stuart Levenberg from The Kensington Company have been representing JAN-PRO Franchising International with a number of very qualified candidates. We are very appreciative of their outstanding performance and find them to be exceptional among Consultant Franchise business Brokers. We started working with Ken and Stuart in early 2006 to begin identifying appropriate Master Franchise Owners that would best fit our business model. Although Ken and Stuart understood the franchise segment of the commercial cleaning industry, they...
Jack L. | JAN-PRO
It is with great pleasure and sincere gratitude that I send you this letter. Last summer we were able to completely sell out the Long Island market largely due to your help and four quality candidates placed through your office. Of those four candidates three are currently listed in the Top 10 New Franchisee List for customer recruitment. Dennis and Melissa Stein are the leaders in New Customer recruitment; Marc Wiener is sixth ranked; and Jason Mastropierro is right behind...
Jodi R. | Mosquito Joe
On behalf of the (expanding!) Great Play team, I want to thank you for your great work finding outstanding candidates to become Great Play franchisees - for both the sale of our corporate unit in Scarsdale, and now for a new unit in Nassau County. A few thing I feel stand our and set you apart in what you do: You surface strong candidates, but you don't leave it at that. You work diligently in the background throughout the process...
Keith C. | Great Play
It is my pleasure to recommend The Kensington Company to anyone who is looking to sell their business especially in the Healthcare sector. My first attempts (pleural) at selling my State Licensed Homecare Agency was time consuming and ended up being non-productive. At when I felt it was a near "close" my attorney asked me what I planned on doing with the money? I told him I had built my last 3 companies from the ground up, but was a...
Bethany S. | Shene Nurising Service
We wanted to take the time to write and express our sincere thanks to you for the outstanding job Kensington Company did, assisting us in choosing Hand and Stone as the business that was right us and the subsequent regional developer training. Without your steady and conscientious presence, our dream of owning our own business would have taken infinitely longer. Your relaxed but highly motivated attitude always gave us the assurance that we were moving forward albeit at a pace...
Michael D. and Dan M. | Hand & Stone Massage Spa
Stuart is the best franchise consultant and the only one you will ever need! It took me eleven months to find the perfect franchise for me, but that did not discourage him. Stuart was always there for me throughout the entire process of finding a franchise that was the right fit for me. He was incredibly supportive, and gave me the guidance that I was seeking to navigate the exciting world of franchises. With Stuart I learned about so many...
Liza H. |
After spending the past 18 years as an 8-unit McDonald's franchisee, I searched long and hard to find the right franchise concept and company to start my "second franchise career". McDonald's is a hard act to follow financially, but I knew that I wanted to be in a growing industry that had fewer "moving parts" and was easier to run than a restaurant. My criteria in judging a franchise was simple: It had to be in a growth industry, give...
Debra C. | Hand and Stone Massage Spa
Joe, I just wanted to take the time to express how very thankful and appreciative I am for ALL your hard work and continued dedication in searching for a bagel shop that suites my needs. When I first met you I knew we'd hit it off well. You had told me a lot about yourself, including your high level of experience in the restaurant business. That alone made it easier for me to put my trust in your hands because...
Richie G. | My Three Sons Bagel Cafe
Joe, I want to thank you so much for your patience and eagerness to help. The knowledge and expertise you provided made our transaction so smooth. I would highly recommend your services to others and look forward to doing further business transactions with your help. Thanks again. Alfredo Vitolo—Ginos Port Washington, Ginos New Hyde Park, Ginos Great Neck, Ginos Manhasset, Trattoria 35 bell blvd, Da Nonna Rosa Park Slope.
Alfredo V. | Ginos
Joe Randazzo has been an important force in our expansion. Joe's guidance and knowledge of the Pizzeria and Restaurant market are invaluable and we have had an extremely positive experience working with him. He will continue to be our "go-to" broker for many years to come.
Nick D. | Gino's Seaford
I wanted to reach to you and communicate the pleasure I had working with Ken Kendes during my vetting phase of Armonk Wine and Spirits. Even though he represented the seller's interest, he played both sides of the fence very well while trying to facilitate the deal. He answered all inquiries in a timely fashion, showed true professionalism. During the times that the seller was unable to produce the necessary documents in order for a bank to approve a loan,...
Will S. | Armonk Wine and Spirits
The Kensington Company hosts the finest, best attended “Meet The Franchisor Event” of any other business broker firm that I have met in my 25 years of speaking at these meetings. More importantly, the attendees are the highest caliber, most sincere individuals who desire to be in business for themselves. Kudos to Ken Stein, Stuart Levenberg and their associates.
Ken Kindt | Signworld Corporation
To whom it may concern, With help of Adam Stein, and the Kensington Company, I recently purchased a premier Long Island Catering Hall, The Swan Club and its 7 acre property. I first made contact with Adam in early May of 2014, and it less than three months I became the proud owner of the Swan Club. Adam was the first person at Kensington that I made contact with, and he has been professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work...
Bobby S. | Swan Club
As you know I have been involved in several acquisitions in the restaurant industry. No acquisition is easy. I would like to thank you for your professionalism and diligence in completing the purchase of the Hooters restaurants and territory rights for Long Island. Without your assistance and ability to keep your focus on completing the transaction, this acquisition would not have come to fruition. You were able to accommodate the needs of both parties and help us structure the purchase...
Richard B. | Hooters
I just wanted to thank you for efforts during my purchase of Alini Magazines Services. Your professionalism was exemplary throughout. Your diligence and timeliness in answering my queries and finding satisfactory answers made the process go a smoothly as possible under the circumstances. All of these business-related accolades notwithstanding, I found it a pleasure to work with you on a personal basis. I also want to thank Darren, who exhibited similar qualities throughout the purchase process. The two of you...
Jerry Z. | Alini Magazine Services
It has been a couple of days after the closing and I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all your help. Since starting this process just over a year ago you and Kensington have been professional, thoughtful, resourceful and most importantly efficient. As a buyer who drilled a lot of dry holes and went on too many goose chases, with other less savvy brothers. I would like to acknowledge how helpful it was to be around...
Mike S. | Yohay
As an absentee partner selling a significant business in Westchester County NY we needed a business broker who would pay attention to the daily activities in selling our store. Ken Kendes gave me updates daily if necessary and met a number of potential buyers whether during the business week or weekend. He was a very good communicator to both my partner and me. Ken took us through the lengthy process professionally and with a consistent effort that I appreciate greatly.
Mel V. | Armonk Wine & Spirits

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