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Wine distributor uncorks expansion plan

David Larter May 10, 2013 6
Republic National Distributing is planning to build an expanded distribution facility in Hanover County. (Via Google Earth)

Republic National Distributing is planning to build an expanded distribution facility in Hanover County.

Hanover County is about to catch a wine buzz.

Wine distributor Republic National Distributing Company will build a 200,000-plus-square-foot facility in Ashland off Elletts Crossing Road, near the new Vitamin Shoppe warehouse center.

Republic National President Tom Cole confirmed the move Thursday.

The site off Elletts Crossing Road. (Photo by David Larter)

The site of Republic National Distributing’s planned facility. (Photo by David Larter)

“We’re very happy to be expanding our presence in Virginia,” Cole said.

Gary Archuleta, executive vice president with Republic National, said that the distribution center is in the design phase but that it will be more than 200,000 square feet with room for expansion.

“We are acquiring the land, and right now we are in the due diligence process,” he said.

The center is being developed by an internal group at the company, Archuleta said.

He said he could not give an accurate cost of development because the project has yet to be bid out.

Republic National currently occupies a 160,000-square-foot space in Sandston at 5401 Eubank Road. The company has about 300 employees in the area. It does not plan to immediately add jobs related to the move but will as needed over time, Archuleta said.

The company primarily distributes wine and sells about 3 million cases per year, Archuleta said. (That’s 36 million bottles of wine)

Republic National distributes dozens of brands, including such household names as Sutter Home, Woodbridge, Black Box, Little Penguin and Franzia.

“We’ve had several successful years back to back,” Archuleta said. “We’re in a position now where we have to expand in order to maintain the current volume we have.”

The 22-acre parcel of land is directly south of the Vitamin Shoppe parcel and is currently owned by Virginia Truck Center of Richmond, according to Hanover County records. BizSense was unable to reach anyone at Virginia Truck Center for comment.

The site is near the split of Washington Highway and Elletts Crossing Road and is visible from Interstate 95. It was most recently assessed at about $960,000, according to county records.

Hanover County Economic Development Director Edwin Gaskin said via email that he could not comment, citing a confidentiality agreement.

According to Archuleta, the company has been in Virginia since March 1997.

Its neighbor Vitamin Shoppe’s 300,000-square-foot distribution center, which is under construction and will add 170 jobs to the county.

The Republic National news is the latest in a string of big announcements for Hanover County.

The state’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is building its new headquarters there. And plans are in place for a 392,000-square-foot outlet mall developed by California-based Craig Realty Group.

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6 Comments »

  1. Hank Langford May 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Alright! More crappy wine for the crappy grocery stores and crappy wine lists of Richmond!

    • Bruce Hedrick May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Hank need’s to get out more! Visit a Cary Town or Short Pump Kroger I believe you would be impressed!

      • Hank Langford May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

        Sorry Bruce, Sutter Home, Woodbridge, Black Box, Little Penguin and Franzia are just part of a Republic National humungous portfolio of non-wine brands. Most of the “wines” stocked in Kroger are nothing more than acidified, oak chip laced, residual sugar grape water made from pesticide sprayed vineyards. Much of the “wines” they distribute are all made at the same industrial factory slapped with different labels to appeal to different demographics. Go to Ellwood Thompson’s , J. Emerson, Strawberry St., Barrel Thief, Belmont Butcher to buy real, honest and nicely priced wines that are grown by real people from real vineyards.

  2. Randy May 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Great to see a business expansion in our area!

  3. Katherine Jester May 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Hank’s credibility and industry knowledge certainly appear to be Sterling. Kroger better pack it in now!

  4. Tom Wagner May 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Once all these huge warehouse complexes are up and running it is going to be a nightmare for the local residents like me with tractor trailers coming and going all day. This complex needs an entrance and exit ramp to 95 otherwise I predict some major accidents occurring when these 18 wheelers have to come out of the driveway onto RT 1 which is 55 MPH at that point.
    A big rig will have to use both northbound lanes to make the turn when exiting that driveway to go north on RT 1. What a dumb idea to put a huge warehouse complex with no good access in or out. Trucks coming southbound on RT 1 making the turn into this complex will have to cut across the northbound lanes to do it. What a disaster.
    I wonder how many people will have to die before they realize they screwed up big time?

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