Durham-Based CandleScience Doubles Footprint of East Coast Fulfillment Center, Prepares for Unprecedented Growth

Posted on October 12, 2020

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Durham, N.C. (October 12, 2020)
– CandleScience, an online retailer of candle and soap-making supplies, recently signed a lease for a 144,000-square foot manufacturing headquarter within the Regional Commerce Center at 1247 Person Street in Durham. Foundry Commercial’s Jim Allaire, SIOR represented landlord Scannell Properties in the transaction, while Jackson Rives and Alexis Lambeth – also with Foundry – represented CandleScience.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of watching CandleScience’s successful story unfold as a trusted real estate advisor over the past 9 years,” said Jackson Rives, Principal, Foundry Commercial. “They have always treated me as part of the family, so it’s especially gratifying to have been a part of this major milestone in the company’s history.”

CandleScience is bucking many trends in the face of a global health crisis, prompting the company to both double the size of its East Coast fulfillment center as well as to recruit additional staff. Since April, CandleScience has been steadily hiring for warehouse positions and plans to add at least another 40 new positions in the coming months.

“We’re very happy to be able to commit long-term to the Durham community, and keep our business here while increasing our size and capabilities. We owe much of our success to the quality of the workforce in Durham and look forward to being able to offer more quality job opportunities to our community,” stated Mike Swimm, Co-Founder of CandleScience.

Located between downtown Durham and Research Triangle Park, the Class-A, rear-load industrial building is ideally located to provide tenants with quick and convenient accessibility to major thoroughfares and transportation hubs. Just 12 miles to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Regional Commerce Center offers uninterrupted distribution to every major market in the country. The center is located only 4 miles from Interstate 85 via East End Connection, 8 miles from Interstate 40, and 12 miles from Interstate 540.

CandleScience expects a move-in date of early to mid-2021. The space that CandleScience will occupy features two 12’ x 14’ drive-in doors with motorized roll-ups, 17 dock doors with knockouts available for 16 additional doors, a 32’ clear height, approximately 120 parking spaces, load-bearing concrete exterior walls, high-bay LED lighting fixtures, and a mechanically attached insulated roof. The facility is also adjacent to a future build-to-suit development opportunity of 50,000 – 500,000 square feet.

For more information regarding leasing opportunities within the Regional Commerce Center, contact Jim Allaire, SIOR at 919-576-2691 or via email at jim.allaire@foundrycommercial.com.

About Foundry Commercial
Foundry Commercial is a full-service real estate services and investment company with over 360 employees and more than 58 million square feet of management and leasing across the Southeast and Texas. Since 2007, Foundry has provided leasing, brokerage, building management, corporate services, and project management services, and is the largest real estate service provider to religious and not-for-profit organizations in the country. Foundry also includes a development and investment platform that is fully integrated into its services business, leveraging its local market expertise to control more than one billion in advantaged investment opportunities with their JV partners. For more information, visit www.foundrycommercial.com.

About CandleScience
CandleScience has been a leading provider of high quality, thoroughly tested candle and soap making supplies to DIYers and indie businesses since 2003. With a focus on minimizing their environmental footprint and maximizing their benefit to society, CandleScience educates and empowers hobbyists, aspiring entrepreneurs, and established businesses. To learn more about CandleScience, visit https://candlescience.com/about.

About Scannell Properties
Founded 30 years ago, Scannell Properties is a privately-held real estate development and investment company that focuses on build-to-suit and speculative development of industrial, office, government, and multi-family facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception in 1990, Scannell has completed over 300 development projects totaling 63 million SF in 44 states and 3 Canadian provinces. In 2018, Scannell expanded their industrial development operations into Europe with an office in London, focusing on the core markets of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. The value of all their projects is estimated at over $5 Billion. www.scannellproperties.com