Owners Andrea and Jack Limehouse have announced plans to make an $8.3-million investment in their Charleston, South Carolina business Limehouse Produce Co.
"Limehouse Produce is proud to have accompanied Charleston, and particularly the local restaurants, in the extraordinary success of our beautiful city," Andrea Limehouse said. "We are very excited about the development of this property and believe it will not only position us to serve our customer base better, but will also be an asset to our new neighborhood.”
To meet higher customer demand for its products, Limehouse recently acquired a 14.9-acre tract of land at 2650 Carner Ave., Charleston. An existing 128,000 square-foot structure will be renovated, and a new 43,000 square-foot facility will be built. In addition to warehouse space, the buildings will also be the company's headquarters.
Local contractors have been hired. The project will be completed in early 2017.
The expansion will create 40 new jobs over the next five years.
For nearly 70 years Charleston's restaurants, schools and medical care facilities have gotten fresh produce products from Limehouse Produce, which began operations in 1945 and provides a variety of row crops, local specialties, fresh herbs and dairy products.
"Limehouse Produce is another outstanding example of how important agribusiness is to South Carolina’s economy," South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said. "Businesses like this support local farmers and increase market access for Certified S.C. grown fruits and vegetables.”