October Logistics & Distribution Update

by Lashay Smith
October 29, 2019

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In early 2018, PIDC released Philadelphia Delivers: A Hub for Logistics & Distribution. Since the report’s release, Philadelphia has seen significant real estate development in this booming industrial sector. In this monthly series, you can catch up on the ongoing logistics and distribution activity happening in Philadelphia.

In March 2018, PIDC issued an RFP for a portion of the former Frankford Arsenal site for the acquisition and development opportunity of key parcel in Philadelphia for logistics, distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing. Burris Logistics of Milford, DE was selected based on its proposal to invest $43 million to construct a 229,000 SF facility to serve as the new headquarters and distribution center for Honor Foods. Burris Logistics is the parent company of Honor Foods, a Philadelphia-based, regional, packaged-food distributor that was founded in 1949. Located in a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones (KOEZ) area with direct access to Philadelphia’s transportation infrastructure, 5505 Tacony Street, adjacent to the Frankford Arsenal, is a prime space for the city’s flourishing urban industrial environment.

Buriss Logistics will be moving next door to the award-winning, family owned and operated Philadelphia-based purveyor of premium and organic deli meats, cheeses, snacks and condiments, Dietz & Watson. In 2014 after a fire destroyed the company’s New Jersey distribution center, PIDC sold Dietz & Watson 20 acres at the Arsenal site to nearly double its footprint and construct a state-of-the-art food campus that efficiently brings together their corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility with a new distribution center.

The investment by Buriss Logistics in this site reflects the strength of industrial demand in the city and confirm Philadelphia’s appeal as a location for logistics & distribution investment.

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