Blue Bell Ice Cream adding distribution center in Suffolk

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Blue Bell ice cream stands for sale on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday they are planning to construct a 14,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Northgate Commerce Park this year. 

Officials made the announcement after the Suffolk Economic Development Authority’s meeting where a vote was passed to provide Blue Bell with an Economic Development Investment Program (EDIP) grant. 

The distribution center is expected to be complete in 2019. It will have loading docks, fleet parking, administrative offices and will serve cities within a 70-mile radius. They plan on hiring up to 20 employees to operate the facility. 

“We have been following Blue Bell’s progress and are excited to see this project commence,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson in a press release. 

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