Kansas City underground scores major new tenant

07/21/2014 5:22 PM

07/21/2014 5:31 PM

A Denver area company that sells food service equipment online has selected underground space in Kansas City’s Hunt Midwest SubTropolis for its central order fulfillment and distribution location.

FoodServiceWarehouse.com has signed a 10-year lease for 475,200 square feet of warehouse and distribution space with an option to expand to 792,000 square feet over the next four years.

The company, based in Greenwood Village, Colo., expects to create about 40 jobs in connection with its initial capital investment of $11 million in the Kansas City facility. The company hasn’t yet specified what kinds of jobs will be available when its underground operations open toward the end of this year.

Founded in 2006, the privately owned company provides Internet-based shopping advice and product options for food service operators. Company officials said in a press release that the energy efficiency of the underground, its high-speed Internet connectivity, and its nearby surface transportation network attracted it to the site.

The company will continue to maintain its offices and warehouse in the Denver area.

Ora Reynolds, president of Hunt Midwest, said the underground’s newest tenant also responded to the proximity to UPS and FedEx shipment facilities.

Hunt Midwest officials said the state of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, the Kansas City Area Development Council, KCSmartPort, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, the Clay County Economic Development Alliance, and KCP&L have been working to recruit distribution businesses to the Kansas City area.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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