Joppa confirmed for new Procter & Gamble center Firm seeks site for distribution HARFORD COUNTY BUSINESS

Procter & Gamble has a contract to lease space for a warehouse-distribution center that will be built on a 38-acre tract on Fashion Court Park in Joppa.

Details of the contract with developer Leroy M. Merritt are still being worked out, according to Kerry Desburg, public affairs manager for the Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble.


"All I can confirm is that we entered a contract with Mr. Merritt on Aug. 20," she said. "Information concerning the size and cost of the facility, as well as construction dates, will be released as they become available."

The warehouse would be adjacent to the international headquarters of retail clothing giant Merry-Go-Round Enterprises.


Procter & Gamble had been seeking a site in Harford or Baltimore counties as a build-to-suit 250,000-square-foot distribution center for the company's cosmetics and fragrance operations, now located in Hunt Valley.

The company also wanted the warehouse-distribution site to have enough acreage to add another 150,000 square feet if it is needed to accommodate for future growth.

Once completed, the deal will make Procter & Gamble the latest of several large companies to establish regional distribution centers in Harford County.

Two years ago, Pier One Imports moved into a 600,000-square-foot facility in Aberdeen. Clorox opened its 400,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Perryman earlier this year.

And in August, Michelin Tire Corp., the French tire maker, moved into a 250,000-square-foot facility at the Riverside Business Park in Belcamp.

Procter & Gamble now leases space close to its Hunt Valley offices on York Road in Baltimore County. It recently completed an agreement for a short-term lease of 73,000 square feet in a warehouse on Gilroy Road, also in Hunt Valley.

Before deciding on the Fashion Park site, Procter & Gamble had looked at the Riverside Business Park in Belcamp and the B. Green facility in Perryman, as well as a 122-acre industrial tract in White Marsh owned by Nottingham Properties of Baltimore County.

Since Procter & Gamble bought Noxell Corp. in September 1989 for $1.3 billion, the company has made a major commitment to the Baltimore area.


It moved the operations of its Max Factor cosmetic line to Noxell's former headquarters in Hunt Valley.

P&G; employs about 1,600 people locally, including 300 at its liquid soap manufacturing plant on Nicholson Street in Baltimore.