By Katie Demeria
InterChange Group, Inc., a warehousing and logistics company based out of Harrisonburg, is planning on expanding its Front Royal location.
According to president Devon Anders, the company is hoping to receive a permit to build a 126,000 square-foot building across the street from its current 48,000 square-foot facility at 190 Torray Drive.
Anders said the company has been hoping to make this expansion for several years -- they have owned the property since 2006.
"We've always been supporters of Warren County," Anders said. "It's been a good locality in terms of development, permitting and construction. When we first built in 2006, it was a very smooth process."
The company is in the process of receiving a conditional use permit, Anders explained, which is necessary because the building is greater than 50,000 square feet. They will attend the next planning commission meeting on Aug. 13, during which a public hearing may be scheduled.
There are no definite plans in place as of yet regarding breaking ground, Anders added. Building all 126,000 square feet may depend on the state of the business once the permit is granted.
The warehouses InterChange builds, Anders said, are speculative, meaning they do not necessarily have a tenant in mind when building begins. But he pointed out that there is a need for such facilities in Front Royal.
"The logistic location works out well, being close to [Interstate-81] and [Interstate-66], as well as its proximity to the Virginia Inland Port," he said.
Right now, the company is storing some products in Winchester, he added.
"What we have now is not contained within our building," Anders said. "We would like to hopefully, at some point, consolidate everything back into Front Royal."
As a third party logistics company, InterChange takes control of the product and handles it for another company, providing trucks, for example, that can haul refrigerated items.
Right now it is unclear if more employees will be hired to work within the new facility. Anders said it depends on what company leases the building. They currently have between 18 and 20 employees based out of Front Royal in the 48,000 square foot building.
"When we put up a building, we really are open to whatever the market is needing at the time," he said. "Someone may want to come and lease all or just a section of the building. We respond to that need."
Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or email@example.com