Church Brothers Farms Completes Purchase of 200K Square Feet of Storage and Distribution Facilities; Brian Church Comments
SALINAS, CA - Well, well, well. If it isn’t another strategic purchase made in the fresh produce space. This time, Church Brothers Farms has completed the purchase of a combined 200,000 square feet of warehouse space on 18 acres of land.
“The expanded storage and shipping capacity we will gain with the purchase of these properties is going to be a game changer for us,” said Brian Church, Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition not only sustains our current growth trends and accommodates future plans, it will allow us to continue to provide excellent customer service while doing so.”
Located at 1230 and 1250 Hansen Street as well as 780, 806, and 889 Airport Boulevard in Salinas, California, the buildings were built in 1978 and have previously been used for produce processing, cold storage, and distribution.
The company plans to immediately begin upgrades and improvements to the properties, which will be used for storage and shipping of its products, a press release stated. Distribution activities are expected to begin in the fall of 2023, with the long-term goal of accommodating all of Church Brothers Farms’ shipping needs in the future.
Central to Salinas, the properties are beneficial in multiple ways. In addition to increasing shipping capacity, its proximity to where product is being harvested will reduce cut-to-cool and transit times. The orientation of the properties allows for more efficient logistics and loading, and offers customers a convenient pick-up location. It is found immediately off the CA-101 freeway—the major north-south artery of California’s Central Coast.
“It’s a nice piece of real estate in a hard-to-beat location,” continued Church. “We’re excited about this deal and look forward to being able to provide standalone distribution services for key customers that will greatly enhance our overall value as a supplier-partner.”
Church Brothers Farms will continue to utilize its San Juan Bautista facility for value-added processing with additional shipping capacity as needed, the release added.
Stay tuned as we keep an eye out for more produce news.