Avocados in a 2014 file photo Matthew Mead AP
Avocados in a 2014 file photo Matthew Mead AP

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California company to open a fresh avocado distribution center in Charlotte

By Katherine Peralta

kperalta@charlotteobserver.com

May 25, 2017 03:51 PM

Charlotte’s busy airport and quickly growing population have incentivized businesses of all kinds to expand in the area. The latest industry? Avocado distribution.

Work has begun on a cold storage distribution center for Henry Avocado Corp., an Escondido, Calif.-based company that will use the facility to grow its supply chain of avocados to restaurants, food distributors and grocery stores along the East Coast, according to a statement Thursday from A M King, the firm handling construction of the site.

The 25,000 square-foot facility near 4045 Perimeter West Dr., near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, will be able to distribution 1 million cartons a year of fresh avocados sourced from Mexico, California, Peru and Chile, said Phil Henry, president of Henry Avocado Corp.

In choosing Charlotte, Henry said the company looked at the area’s business climate and transportation opportunities, among other areas.

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“We did a lot of research looking at the population and consumption of produce, specifically avocados,” Henry said. “I went there and I liked the people a lot.”

Henry said the facility will initially employ around four people, and will double that number eventually.

A M King is converting a leased warehouse space, and construction is expected to wrap up in September. The facility will include forced air rooms, cooler storage space for produce, loading docks and a mechanical equipment room, A M King said.