A rendering of Allied Beverage Group’s planned 540,000-square-foot distribution center in Elizabeth — Rendering by KSS Architects/Courtesy: Prologis
By Joshua Burd
Prologis is set to build a new 540,000-square-foot distribution center in Elizabeth as part of a recently signed lease with a major wine and spirits distributor based in the state.
The industrial giant joined Allied Beverage Group in announcing the plans for the new facility on Kapkowski Boulevard. Set to be operational by summer 2019, the distribution center will allow the Carlstadt-based company to service customers on behalf of its suppliers.
“We are excited to have found this location and developer, Prologis, following a wide-ranging search,” said Jeffrey Altschuler, Allied Beverage Group’s CEO and president. “Our new location offers a fantastic location with highway access and a strong civic community with leadership that is invested in the long-term success of their city.
“We look forward to joining the Elizabeth community and are confident in Prologis’ capabilities and talent to bring our vision to life on a larger scale.”
Occupying 33 acres, the facility will include 90,000 square feet of office, training and conference space, according to a news release. The office portion will support Allied Beverage Group’s sales, marketing and training capabilities, while the overall investment is aimed at strengthening the firm’s position in the industry and local community.
Allied Beverage Group ranks among the 10 largest wine and spirits distributors in the U.S., the news release said. The company conducts its business through various selling divisions and currently employs more than 1,000 people.
Breakthru Beverage Group, which recently merged its New Jersey operations into Allied Beverage Group, has been working closely with Allied on the plans for the new facility.
“Our team has been focused on designing a facility that incorporates innovative systems and technology that will drive industry-leading customer service, quality, operational efficiencies and environmental stewardship,” said Art Wirtz, executive vice president for operations for Breakthru Beverage Group.