A planned headquarters for commercial refrigeration and cold storage firm Cool Runnings International (CRI) was discussed at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. For discussion purposes only, CRI will return in March to have the project considered.
The project calls for a planned 3-story corporate office and a warehouse, situated on 9.5 acres along Hwy. 85 North near North 85 Parkway. CRI currently has offices on Crosstown Drive in Peachtree City.
Peachtree City-based Randolph Williamson announced the plans on Jan. 3, noting that the sale of the parcel clears the way for a new corporate office project and mixed-use development that is expected to generate jobs and provide a boost to the local economy.
CRI Global, the development arm of parent company Cool Runnings International, Inc., purchased the 9.5-acre property from the Lester Family Limited Partnership, LLLP.
“The acquisition of this property marks an exciting new chapter not just for Cool Runnings International, but also for the residents of Fayetteville and the surrounding area,” CRI President and CEO Bill Harms said previously. “The city of Fayetteville’s forward-thinking, pro-business approach was a major factor in our decision to locate here, and their continued efforts to create a dynamic local economy that attracts a diverse blend of employers really meshed with our vision for this site. Randolph Williamson’s expertise in conducting these types of transactions ensured that our master timeline stayed on track, and we look forward to sharing more news on our progress in the months ahead.”
The site will house a new 16,321 sq. ft. office building that will serve as the corporate headquarters for CRI, a commercial and industrial refrigeration and cold storage solutions provider that contracts with grocery stores, food processing facilities and warehouse distribution centers around the globe.
CRI also plans to build a 10,000-square-foot warehouse next to the office building as part of ongoing expansion efforts for its worldwide distribution network. Company officials said the headquarters will employ up to 25 people, with design plans allowing room to expand in the future.
Company representatives said several families from around the U.S., including a number of engineers in Florida, will relocate to the area to work at the new headquarters.
“The City of Fayetteville is on the move, and today’s announcement reflects our optimism that the economic prospects for this area are bright,” Randolph Williamson principal Brent Randolph said recently. “Randolph Williamson is pleased to partner with a vision that emphasizes delivering jobs and a high quality of life for residents who want to shop, dine and pursue entertainment options that are near their front door. We congratulate Cool Runnings International on this landmark acquisition.”