Meal delivery startup HelloFresh Inc. leases large warehouse space in Richmond

Meal delivery startup HelloFresh Inc. leases large warehouse space in Richmond

Another food business has moved into Richmond.

The San Francisco Business Times has reported that startup HelloFresh Inc. has leased “the entire 109,594-square-foot freezer storage warehouse at 2041 Factory St.”

The company, which was founded in 2011 by Patrick Drake, the Goldman Sachs attorney-turned-chef, and former consultant Ed Boyes, “was drawn to the property because of its close access to Interstate 580 and the building’s existing equipment including forklifts, freezers and coolers, which enables it to begin operations within 90 days,” Times reported, citing a statement from the landlord’s representatives, Avison Young.

The facility was built in 2000 and expanded in 2005 and is situated on 7.62 acres. It was once occupied by Richmond Wholesale Meats, which delivered food to troops in Iraq, but the company left the space after U.S. military operations were reduced, the Times said.

“This property offered HelloFresh a prime opportunity to take its successful company to the next level as the combination of the building’s strategic, central Bay Area location and state-of-the-art features met all of the requirements to effectively serve the tenant’s present and future needs,” said Avison Young Principal Kevin Ahaesy in the company statement.

The new lease is the latest in a boom of food businesses in Richmond that includes Blue Apron, a New York-based meal delivery service that recently opened a fulfillment center here.