Sometimes the best option to fulfilling your company’s needs is merely an expansion project. If you love your perfect location, but have outgrown your space: why not get creative with building expansion? You may be surprised that it could be just what you need!

Flowers Bakery Distribution Depot has been located in a facility that was custom built for them in 1991, at a location that was a great fit. The challenge was that they had severely outgrown the building, yet wanted to remain in this location. At first blush the practicality of doing so was not obvious.

In 2013, they were presented with an opportunity. They could expand the facility on the land already available to them at the present location rather than starting a search for a new location that would suit their needs with a larger building.

The first step: Amprop Development purchased the existing facility from EastGroup Properties; EastGroup bought the property in a portfolio sale from Prologis, the initial developer/landlord. Amprop Development immediately began working on redeveloping the newly acquired property. In cases like this, doing an expansion is like brain surgery: every detail for the expansion has to be accommodated within the present land and building foot print with no margin for error. They were able to expand Flowers’ facilities on the new location by 20%. This expansion included adding 6 truck doors, two truck wells, and 1,200 SF of new office space, thereby maximizing the utility of the existing building on the already- existing great location.

The Tampa West facility completed a series of four commercial real estate transactions that Bill Wikle (iCore Commercial) and I performed for Flowers (and yet this was the deal we started working on first!). The other transactions included a converted truck terminal in Lakeland, an adapted office/showroom building in Haines City, and a new ground- up distribution center in east Tampa.