International food service company HelloFresh is expanding its North Texas operations with a new production and distribution center in Irving that’ll create as many as 1,200 new jobs.
HelloFresh SE is planning the new 375,000-square-foot facility at DFW International Airport at 2700 Market St. to support its customers in the South and Midwest.
The facility near Airport Freeway will be the company’s largest distribution center, and will grow its production and distribution by more than 30%. HelloFresh now operates a distribution center at 1025 Post & Paddock St. in Grand Prairie.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our operational footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro region, a highly effective logistics hub as demonstrated by our existing Grand Prairie distribution center,” Uwe Voss, CEO of HelloFresh U.S., said in a statement. “This new facility bolsters our already strong presence in the region and further supports HelloFresh U.S. growth plans as we continue to invest in our facilities, our people and our technology to provide superior service and delicious meals to new and existing customers.”
HelloFresh — which is based in Germany — produces and sells prepackaged meal kits to almost 2 million U.S. customers. The company describes itself as the world’s largest producer of meal kits, providing 64 million meals in the second quarter of this year.
HelloFresh expects to soon open a 210,000-square-foot distribution center in Newnan, Ga., that will employ 750 workers.
The company’s DFW Airport location will be in the Gateway Logistics Center 3 building, a project of HPI Real Estate Services. Trey Fricke and Reid Bassinger with Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate negotiated the lease.
The HelloFresh lease is the latest in a string of big industrial transactions in North Texas since the start of the pandemic. Last week, Dallas-based Crow Holdings sold 15 warehouse and distribution buildings around the country in a deal valued at $425 million.