Leading produce distributor to double footprint of Orlando warehouse

North America's largest wholly-owned produce distributor is planning to double the size of its Orlando warehouse, hot in pursuit of the growth of local grocery, restaurant and hospitality sectors.

Located at 8801 Exchange Dr. in the Orlando Central Park industrial park and southwest of The Florida Mall, the 15.4-acre parcel is about a third developed today with 74,212 square feet of industrial/office space for FreshPoint and related parking, all covering 4.5 acres of impervious area. 

Construction plans filed with the South Florida Water Management District call for an expansion to 10.22 acres impervious, with another 71,319 square feet of warehouse to be added (totaling 145,531), and more than doubling the paved parking area. 

Officials with the local FreshPoint distribution center did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

A demolition plan calls for clearing a majority of trees from the eastern portion of the site. The company would pave 256 new parking spaces for employees and delivery trucks, along with the warehouse expansion. 

The SFWMD plans show the expansion will add 5.06 acres of impervious area, of which 3.7 acres will be served by a new stormwater management system. 

Further expansion has yet to be planned for a neighboring 7.16 undeveloped acres that are owned by Reds Market Inc., an affiliate of Sysco Corporation, which owns FreshPoint. 

Construction plans have not been filed as of Tuesday with Orange County. 

Williams Company will be the design-build contractor on the project, and was the GC that built the original Red's Market cold-storage facility on the property in 1983. 

Kelly, Collins & Gentry, Inc. is civil engineer on the project, Scott Liberty of Winter Park is the landscape architect and Jones, Wood & Gentry, Inc. is the surveyor. 

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