Americold, Atlanta, opened a facility in East Point, Ga.

The 260,000-square-foot temperature-controlled site, purchased in July 2016, reflects the expansion of Americold’s partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market, as Sprouts increases its healthy grocery footprint to more than 250 stores in 15 states in 2017.

The East Point site will serve as a temperature-controlled distribution center for Sprouts’ southeastern operations, which will expand considerably in 2017. The site offers two temperature zones at 34°F and 55°F—ideal for the Sprouts’ fresh produce warehousing needs.

“The opening of our East Point site allows us to support Sprouts and other food retailers that are rapidly expanding throughout the Southeast.  We’re very happy to bring new jobs and career opportunities to our hometown Atlanta community,” says Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold.  “Americold is thrilled to be able to work with Sprouts as an anchor tenant in this facility, and provide the additional dedicated capacity needed, as they continue to expand their healthy grocery operations from coast to coast.”