Suffolk Economic Development ~ December 2021

Demand Drives Record Industrial Growth in Suffolk
Suffolk’s ample land availability, proximity to Port of Virginia, strong workforce and access to the mid-Atlantic transportation network, coupled with rising demand for distribution center space has resulted in robust industrial activity.  Several warehouses are in various stages of construction throughout the city, including:  Amazon’s Robotics Fulfillment Center, a 4.5 story, 3.8 million square foot building in Northgate Industrial Park, Virginia Port Logistics Park has three more buildings planned for logistics uses and Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA‘s distribution center is set to be fully operational there soon; Portside Logistics CenterCoastal Logistics CenterWestport Commerce Park and Virginia Distribution Center are others.  Overall over 5 million industrial sf is in the pipeline, with more under consideration.  Learn more here.  
New Business

Green Clean Auto Wash is now open for business at 1521 N. Main Street, in the Suffolk Shopping Center.  The business celebrated opening with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony attended by business representatives, Suffolk Mayor Mike Duman, members of City Council and other officials.  They are offering specials with car wash memberships throughout the month of December.  
Festival of Lights

Celebrate the holidays close to home at Sleepy Hole Park for a drive thru light display  The show opened on November 26th and will run through December 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The display will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This event is FREE! 
Now Hiring Kerma Medical Products is a Veteran – Minority Owned Company located in Suffolk.  They manufacture and distribute medical supplies to customers such as small businesses, health – care institutions such as hospitals and clinics and the Department of Defense.  They also are responsible for supplying products to over 75 different manufacturers across the United States.  Recently, Kerma has began supplying Antibody Rapid Tests as well.  There are open positions interested employees can learn about here.  
Property Feature  –  805 North Main Street

Commercial Property For Sale located at 805 N. Main Street.  The former Loan Max retail building is a 2,080 sf free-standing building located in busy corridor.  Ample parking, excellent visibility and access with 115′ of frontage along N. Main Street.  Contact Parker Burnell, or 757.222.0111.  
Business Spotlight – D. B. Bowles Jewelers

D. B. Bowles Jewelersis a family – owned jewelry store located at 1411 N. Main Street, Suite 5, near Kroger.  The business was founded in 1991 and provides a wide selection of retail jewelry in a variety of price points.  Expert craftsmen are able to work with customers to create one-of-a-kind custom pieces with skilled fabrication, a full – range of stones and diamonds of any size. Custom engraving and jewelry and watch repair are other services available services.