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Osceola County Developments

Food distributor planning new facility at St. Cloud’s Ameracenter

Cheney Brothers will build a new warehouse at Ameracenter where it will process gourmet butters, roasted nuts and candy.

A Florida food distribution company approaching its century mark has plans for a major expansion of its St. Cloud facility.

Cheney Brothers, Inc. has filed construction plans for a new 43,600-square-foot warehouse with cold storage on Old Melbourne Highway in the Ameracenter mixed-use district. The building will support Simply Nuts and Belgian Butter, Nuts & Candy, two of more than a dozen brands exclusive to the company. The company processes tabletop butter and flavored butter, along with nuts and sweets, for restaurants and hotels.

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The company paid $1.3 million in September for 2.5 acres just north of U.S. 192 and filed a site plan with South Florida Water Management District for the new warehouse. Consulting engineer Hanson Walter and Associates also filed a Site Development Plan with Osceola County.

The new warehouse will be a full acre - more than twice the size of the existing facility in St. Cloud.

Development Director Warren Newell told GrowthSpotter the new location will more than double the size of the company’s existing warehouse at 1100 Grape Ave., and it includes 3,600 square feet for new offices. It also will have ample parking, which has been an issue at the current location.

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“The existing facility is too small, and it’s an older building,” Newell said. “This will be a more modern facility and more comfortable for our employees.”

With more space, the company expects to be able to increase staffing at the Harmony site. Newell hopes to start construction in 2023 and open for business in 12 months or less.

Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Cheney Brothers was founded in 1925 and is now in its fourth generation of family operation. The company’s sales currently exceed $2.5 billion across the southeast United States.

This is the latest in a string of expansion projects for the company in the last two years capped by the groundbreaking earlier this year on a new 350,000-square-foot distribution center in Port St. Lucie.

The Cheney Brothers project marks the third major phase of Ameracenter, a 55-acre mixed-use district anchored by St. Cloud-based boat trailer manufacturer AmeraTrail. The district just west of Harmony includes a business park that is being developed by Snow Construction.

Right across U.S. 192, Lennar Homes is actively selling homes in Pine Glen, a residential subdivision with 286 homesites, and KB Home is planning another neighborhood next door on Whip O’Will Lane.

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