Bee retail store, warehouse coming to area.
HANOVER TWP. — A 60,000-square-foot store and warehouse catering to those who raise honeybees is expected to open in early 2014 and bring about 20 jobs to the Wyoming Valley.
The facility, owned by Mann Lake, will be at 485 Stewart Road in Hanover Industrial Estates.
Brenda Bray, marketing manager for Mann Lake, said it will consist of a 7,000-square-foot retail area, and a 53,000-square-foot warehousing and storage area.
William Moore, president of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, said the building is the former site of Bertels Can Co.
Angi Coscia, administrative coordinator for the chamber, said the company was sold to International Can. Co.
The store will sell items related to keeping and raising honeybees.
The facility will also feature an education center, where customers can learn about how to keep bees.
Bray said the company’s main facility is in Hackensack, Minn., while another branch is in Woodland, Calif.
She described the facility as a “carbon copy” of the one in California.
The facility in Hanover Township’s proximity to key highways will help with the shipment of products, she said.
Bray said Wilkes-Barre was chosen as the facility’s location after a study of customer and UPS shipment data.
She said the location is ideal for truckers who sometimes ship bees from as far south as Texas to northern states for pollination, as they will have access to Interstates 80, 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
“Any orders that are going to be shipping to the East Coast area will ship out of that location,” Bray said. She said that includes truck, UPS and Postal Services shipments.
The facility should produce about 20 jobs, Bray said.
“It probably won’t start that large, but it’ll get to that point,” she said. “With the jobs we’ll be bringing in, I think it’ll have a nice impact there.”
Morris called the facility’s arrival a “fantastic opportunity” for the area. John Sipper, township manager for Hanover Township, also welcomed the new business to the area.
“We always welcome any new business that brings jobs in the area,” Sipper said. “We’re glad to see that they’re coming.”
While nothing is final, Bray said the facility should be open by no later than February.
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