Church Brothers makes game-changing acquisition
Church Brothers Farms has completed the purchase of approximately 200,000 square feet of warehouse space on 18 acres of land. Built in 1978, the buildings — located at 1230 and 1250 Hansen Street as well as 780, 806 and 889 Airport Boulevard in Salinas — 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. Distribution activities are expected to begin in fall of 2023, with the long term goal of accommodating all of Church Brothers Farms’ shipping needs.
“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, CEO at Church Brothers Farms. “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.”
The properties’ central Salinas location is beneficial in multiple ways. In addition to increasing Church Brothers Farms’ shipping capacity, its proximity to where commodities are 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 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,” said 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.