HATFIELD – The vacant C&S Wholesale Grocers South warehouse at 142 Elm St. sold last month for $15.5 million, according to a deed filed with the Hampshire Registry of Deeds.
C&S pulled back after its former client Stop & Shop opened its own distribution center in Manchester, Connecticut in 2021. Last year, C&S laid off 175 employees from its Suffield, Connecticut, site, citing Stop & Shop’s decision to do its own distribution.
New Hampshire-based C&S worked to recover the business by developing its own supermarket chains under its own Grand Union and Piggly Wiggly brands.
C&S is not commenting on the impact of the sale of the 360,000 square foot building on operations, according to an email from spokeswoman Lauren La Bruno.
The buyer was FoxRock Properties of Quincy. FoxRock said it owns more than 4 million square feet of real estate in office, biotechnology, medical offices, industrial and retail space in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida.
FoxRock confirmed Tuesday that the warehouse is vacant and unused. The phone has also been disconnected and there are no ads for the facility on the C&S hiring website. FoxRock has promised to provide more details on its plans.
In recent years, C&S said it has employed more than 16,000 people nationwide, including more than 700 at its two Hatfield facilities and nearly 500 at Westfield.
C&S says it distributes 170,000 different products from more than 75 facilities, delivering everything from seafood to soup to soap.
No deed has been filed indicating that the C&S Hatfield North facility at 95 North Hatfield Road in Hatfield or the C&S Westfield warehouse at 53 Summit Lock Road has been sold since 2017.
The North Hatfield and Westfield sites are both owned by Angelo Gordon Co., a New York investment firm, and leased to C&S, according to the deeds.
In Hatfield, the 142 Elm St. site is among the “top five” of all property taxpayers, according to the city assessor’s office, paying $128,440 a year.
Nearby, the Western Massachusetts Food Bank will likely remain at its Hatfield facility at 97 North Hatfield Road until September 2023, executive director Andrew Morehouse said. The food bank is building a larger distribution center in Chicopee. Once that’s ready, the Hatfield facility will go on sale.