A Cheney Brothers affiliate, Southern Foods is a full-service premium meats, seafood, artisanal cheese and global specialty goods supplier that performs custom processing and ships throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.
Completed by North Carolina-based designer-builders A M King, the 88,000sq ft project includes a beef aging room that provides prime cuts of beef aged for each of Southern Foods’ customers’ specialised requirements. It is fitted with high-tech temperature and humidity controls and large viewing windows that emphasize the dynamic nature of the meat curing process.
The facility also features a fish processing area; a cheese processing room; the largest culinary centre Cheney Brothers has developed to date; and express purchasing for the general public that stocks Certified Angus Beef, Ashe County Cheese and many varieties of fish, among many other items. In addition, the scope of work included dry storage, an office mezzanine and freezers, as well as coolers and loading docks.
"It has been many years since anyone has built a full meat, seafood and specialty grocery center of this size and scope from the ground up in North Carolina,” said Bill Mutton, president of Southern Foods. “My excitement is unmeasurable as we move forward into a new facility that will enable us to expand our offerings, to both our growing customer base, as well as the public, with our cash and carry outlet. The new building will also facilitate prolonged long-term growth and provide our employees with opportunities for advancement.”
“The new facility in Greensboro was designed to handle the food processing in a very safe and clean environment,” said Warren Newell, Cheney Brothers’ director of development. “With today’s highly regulated food industry, we are extremely pleased to be able to showcase this modern facility to our present and new customers. Every time a restaurant owner or chef comes by to take a tour, they cannot stop providing accolades.”
This isn’t the first collaboration between A M King and Cheney Brothers. In April 2019 the design-builder completed a 169,090sq ft cold storage expansion in Statesville, North Carolina, bringing the total square footage at that facility to 265,000sq ft. The project features a state-of-the-art penthouse refrigeration system zoned to support numerous temperature zones in the expansion area; conversion of a 37,388sq ft existing cold storage space to ambient temperature storage and renovation of a 34,686sq ft existing dry warehouse.