It's already happened. A private equity firm called Cerberus bought a company named Bluelinx and it's failed miserably. National coverage doesn't matter anymore -Lowes & Depot use their own DC's direct from the manufacturers. Ask Bluelinx about scale, efficiencies & cost savings. Last I checked their swimming in red & closing branches. They are a bloated, dysfunctional mess. GP certainly doesn't want them back. They already have distribution partners established for panels, drywall and EL.