GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Two years after Murphy Tomatoes opened a facility in its hometown of San Antonio, the company is putting the finishing touches on its northern expansion.
The company began operations in Dallas in April, leasing space from another produce business, but it quickly became apparent Murphy Tomatoes’ needs were greater than expected.
The firm signed a lease in October for warehouse space in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Arlington and opened for business in early January.
To start with, the facility includes about 12,000 square feet of refrigerated space, a ripening room, repacking lines and five loading docks.
“As we grow the business, we will expand,” said Bradley Corlew, national sales manager for Murphy Tomatoes. “There are some opportunities for cross-docking, as well.”
Murphy Tomatoes decided to establish an office in the Dallas-Fort Worth area due to customer demand for services, Corlew said.
Corlew and sons Ryan and Craig Corlew are running the facility after relocating from central Ohio. Bradley and Ryan both worked at the Dublin, Ohio, office of Sygma, a division of Houston-based foodservice distributor Sysco.
While Murphy Tomatoes primarily focuses on foodservice business, Corlew said the company is looking at options for serving retail customers as well.