Arcadia Cold
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Arcadia sets eyes on Atlanta market

July 18, 2022
Cold storage startup breaks ground on ‘state-of-the-art’ refrigerated and frozen distribution facility in Union City, home to the second location in its developing nationwide network.

Arcadia Cold recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Atlanta cold storage location along with officials from Union City, Ga., and Fulton County.

The event marked the second groundbreaking for Arcadia, which plans to develop a national cold storage network in markets across the U.S. The company celebrated the start of its Burleson, Texas, location outside Fort Worth in June.

The Atlanta site will provide nearby access to U.S. Interstates 85, 285, and 20 in the heart of the Southeast distribution market. When complete, this facility will play an important role in allowing Arcadia to serve food-manufacturing and end-user demand more quickly and efficiently, the company said.

“The Arcadia team is very excited to announce this new project in Union City,” said Chris Hughes, Arcadia Cold CEO. “We continue to view the Greater Atlanta market as a strategically important logistical hub for food manufacturers, traders, grocery retailers, and foodservice distributors; and an integral part of our national distribution network vision.

“We’ve thoughtfully designed this facility to support a range of storage and distribution needs for our customers, including unique deep-freeze capabilities for ice cream and other related products.”

Atlanta Cold Storage will be a frozen and refrigerated distribution center facility with more than 44,000 pallet positions designed to support high-volume throughput handling services, including full pallet management and case picking, Arcadia said. The facility will service Southeastern states and provide direct access to the ports of Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Mobile, Ala.

Event speakers included Hughes; Scott Griffin, principal at Saxum Real Estate; Scott Griffin, CEO of Griffco Design/Build; Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman, and Union City Mayor Vince Williams.

“It’s an outstanding day for Union City, Fulton County, Metro Atlanta, and Arcadia,” Williams said. “We are thankful to Arcadia for their commitment to invest and grow quality jobs in our city that will serve this region while serving over 22% of the nation with quality frozen food products. The innovative facility will be a gamechanger in the cold food storage industry.

“Amid supply chain challenges, food insecurities, and needed employment opportunities, this announcement reflects the healthy business climate we have worked hard to build here in Union City, as we continue to seek our piece of the promise for all.”

Added Abdur-Rahman: “These shovels in the ground today ultimately mean that individuals who live in this community will have an opportunity to have a good-paying job in this community. These are jobs that are needed, and the people won’t have to travel or go to another county for work—their tax dollars will stay where they live, work, and play.”

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