Talk about a 'cuppa Joe.
Sources close to the deal say a 435,000-square foot warehouse in White Marsh has been leased by RPM Warehouse, a division of RPM Consolidated Services Inc., to store coffee beans for Starbucks.
The Class A warehouse is owned by Chesapeake Real Estate Group LLC and located at 1411 Tangier Dr. in the Baltimore Crossroads@95 development. It was built last year.
An announcement Wednesday said that RPM sought a larger space to expand its unnamed business in Rosedale, and originally signed a lease at Baltimore Crossroads@95 for 283,000 square feet. The company then expanded its lease by 152,000 square feet in late 2015. RPM officials declined to discuss the tenant or confirm that it was Starbucks.
But sources said the additional space is for the millions of pounds of coffee beans to be routinely stored in the warehouse after they are shipped through the Port of Baltimore for Starbucks. The java will then be distributed to other corporate facilities and stores from the warehouse.
The port is located 12 miles from the warehouse, which has 64 loading docks and 32-foot ceiling heights.
The design of the warehouse was tailored to fit the large coffee bean transfer business, and it has a specialized HVAC ventilation system that has three air changes per hour.
That is increasingly common in the warehouse industry these days, said Matt Laraway, executive vice president at Chesapeake Real Estate Group. The ever-changing business demands — and emergence of internet commerce and order distribution — is driving the flexibility needs and new designs.
"It is extremely critical to remain attuned to the shifting environment in the e-commerce and logistics industries and respond in-kind with building products that support their business model," Laraway said, in a statement.
Broker Paul Obrecht III, of Blue and Obrecht, represented RPM in the deal.