NAI Charleston announced the sale of 990 Morrison Drive as GrowFood Carolina looks to the future with a much-needed expansion. GrowFood is a program of the Coastal Conservation League that connects small farms to the thriving local food movement, which enables farms to remain economically viable by creating markets and providing crop planning, storage, and distribution services. Their current ±10,000 SF space has proven too small for their volume of work, hence the sale of 990 Morrison Drive to the developers of Laurel Island. They will remain there until they are able to find a new home with ideally double the square footage.
“It is time for GrowFood to find a larger site with about ±20,000 SF of flex space and a laydown yard for trucks and produce,” said David Ingle, partner and broker at NAI Charleston. “We are looking around the peninsula and into North Charleston for the right match.”
Ingle represents the Coastal Conservation League and will continue to assist GrowFood in the site selection process moving forward. Their goal is to find a new space as soon as possible to keep the success of GrowFood and South Carolina’s agriculture in motion.
About GrowFood Carolina
The objective of GrowFood is to tap into the existing assets of small-scale agriculture to help create a stronger rural economy, spurring job creation, and building capacity in rural communities by connecting farm businesses to the thriving local food movement. The resurgence of small-scale agriculture presents a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the rural economy. Increased agricultural production leads to increased economic activity and allows farmers to stay on their land for generations to come. GrowFood officially opened its doors in 2011 at a warehouse in downtown Charleston. The hub has grown from marketing for 5 producers to more than 120, all in the state of South Carolina. GrowFood provides local farmers the sales, marketing, logistics, warehousing and distribution functions they need and that previously have been available only to large-scale industrial farms. Wholesale customers range from restaurants all over metropolitan Charleston, to Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and the College of Charleston. Since its opening, GrowFood has returned over $8 million to farmers.
About NAI Charleston
NAI Charleston is a full-service commercial real estate firm whose industry experts have over a century of combined experience in the Charleston commercial real estate industry and over $1 billion in total transaction volume.