Empire Distributors to put hundreds of employees at new $52M West Atlanta HQ

Atlanta-based Empire Distributors Inc. is moving its headquarters to Austell, where it will occupy a more than 600,000 square-foot building and eventually place hundreds of its employees.

Real estate company Core5 Industrial Partners landed the wholesale beverage distributor at the build-to-suit project, which will rise at 685 Hartman Road in southwest Cobb County. The more than $52 million building will feature 601,350 square feet, including an 80,000-square-foot two-story corporate office.

The headquarters is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter.

The project marks an expansion for Empire Distributors, which is moving from Atlanta Industrial Park in Fulton County to the new build-to-suit location. It will initially employ 440 but anticipates growing to at least 510.

Empire Distributors liked the site because of its proximity to Atlanta’s growing population and good access on Thornton Road, Riverside Parkway and Fulton Industrial Boulevard, said Lisa Ward, Core5 senior vice president and managing director. It also wanted a custom-designed building.

The project design team includes Randall Paulson Architects and Southeast Engineering Inc. The general contractor is KBDG Inc.

Bilijack Bell of Wilson, Hull & Neal Real Estate represented Core5 in assembling the land for the project. Blaine Kelley of CBRE represented Empire Distributors in its acquisition of the new facility.

Core5, a barely three-year-old company backed by Kajima Corp., continues expanding its portfolio of large industrial real estate developments. It recently inked retail giant Lowe’s to a 1.2 million-square-foot lease at its Southwest 85 Logistics Center, according to people familiar with the project.

Core5 has developed 10 million square feet since 2015. The new building for Empire Distributors was its first build-to-suit project.

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