Wow. Just finished a tour of the Beall’s Distribution Center this morning with the Manatee Association of Realtors. Everyone who visits our warehouse remarks about how LARGE it is but now we know what large really is!
In this tour, we walked through part of the 580,000 square-foot warehouse that is the Beall’s Distribution Center. That’s approximately 100 times the size of our warehouse!!! See picture from Mike Carter Construction.
Here’s a quick rundown of the numbers:
446 – Beall’s stores supplied by this one Distribution Center (DC)
16 – the number of states they deliver to (soon to be 18!)
1,600 – employees in our area, the largest employer (private sector)
500,000 – average units per day of merchandise moved through the DC
50% – portion of those units that are apparel
In addition to this impressive logistical operation, we have always been very impressed by their humanitarian operations. Beall’s Inc. gives to a great many community and charitable organizations, including the United Way, March of Dimes, Police Athletic League, and Palmetto Youth Center as well as college scholarships to hundreds of employees and their dependents, students in Criminal Justice education at the State College of Florida and the Manatee Technical Institute through the R. M. Beall Foundation (read the whole story here).
I am running out of space here to talk about their extensive recycling program, so you’ll just have to take the tour for yourself some time. Thank you Beall’s for all you do and for the inside peak at your operations, truly an inspiration!