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Imperfect Foods continues food distribution shuffle in Anne Arundel

Imperfect Foods is relocating from its warehouse in Severn to a larger space in Hanover, part of a national expansion for the food subscription service.
Imperfect Foods is relocating from its warehouse in Severn to a larger space in Hanover, part of a national expansion for the food subscription service. (Courtesy photo)

Imperfect Foods is relocating its distribution center in Severn to a larger space in Hanover, part of a national expansion for the food subscription service.

The San Francisco-based company is leaving the Mid Atlantic Food Distribution Center at 8024 Telegraph Road after just two years, making way for a lease announced last week by Michigan-based food distributor SpartanNash.

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Monday, Lee & Associates Maryland said it brokered a 110,000-square-foot lease for the company’s East Coast distribution center at 7481 Coca Cola Drive in Hanover. The space has extensive refrigerated storage and is four miles from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Founded by Ben Simon and Ben Chesler, Imperfect Foods ships fruits and vegetables considered unsuitable for sale in stores as well as other groceries directly to consumers' homes. According to the company, approximately 20% of all produce grown in the United States is either left in the field to rot or taken to a local landfill. Imperfect Foods offers weekly subscriptions starting at $16.

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“Baltimore’s central location in the Mid-Atlantic unlocks access to communities across the East Coast and has been a great home for Imperfect Foods for several years," Chief Operating Officer Neil Neufeld said in a statement released by the company. “More than that — Baltimore is very close to the team’s heart, as it was the brand’s first major market on the East Coast and the hometown of one of our co-founders.”

In May, the company said it had raised $119.1 million to fund a national expansion. Imperfect Foods will add 120 jobs as part of the expansion to a larger space, although the jobs will be added over months. Information on hiring is available at jobs.lever.co/imperfectfoods

Lee & Associates Maryland said the company plans to use the additional workers to assemble and deliver its food boxes.

The company plans to move into the space in the first quarter of 2021, a spokesperson for the broker said.

Nash Finch Co., a subsidiary of SpartanNash Co., signed a seven-year lease for the Telegraph Road facility. The grocery distributor is a major fresh food supplier for Amazon. The center is located a few miles from the giant online retailer’s fulfillment center at BWI.

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