SCOTT CITY - The Supervalu warehouse property in Scott City is under contract to be acquired by Buchheit's, according to commercial broker Tom Kelsey with Lorimont Place Ltd. who is handling the sale.
Kelsey said the 260,000-square-foot former grocery distribution center on 52 acres is one of the largest warehouse buildings in the region. Located at 600 Daugherty St., just east of the Scott City I-55 Interchange, it has been vacant for several years.
Kelsey said it was his understanding the newly acquired property could be used as the headquarters for the company's trucking division, a fleet of over 80 trucks and 100 trailers that cover 48 states. Some of the warehouse area would also be used for custom storage and contract leasing.
The Buchheit family business began in 1934 in Perry County. Rudy Buchheit started a small general store that gradually expanded throughout the years. The company, now run by Buchheit's sons employs over 400 people with 65,000 items in stock at five different locations. They operate farm and home centers in Jackson, Perryville and Herculaneum in Missouri and Illinois stores in Sparta and Jacksonville. Tim Buchheit currently serves as president.
The Scott City facility was originally built in 1961 and expanded in 1974 by Wetterau Foods. Supervalu, one of the largest grocery retailers in the United States acquired Wetterau in 1992. The distribution operation at one time employed 300 people but was closed in a warehouse consolidation program in May, 2000.
No sales price was disclosed, but Kelsey said the property was listed at $3,750,000. In addition to the warehouse space, the facility also contained over 10,000-square-feet of offices and a complete truck repair shop. An early April closing date is set for the real estate transaction.