Yankee Candle takes over old C&S warehouse in Hatfield

A Yankee Candle sign off Elm Street in Hatfield, in what was the former C&S Wholesale Grocers.

A Yankee Candle sign off Elm Street in Hatfield, in what was the former C&S Wholesale Grocers. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer

Published: 01-10-2024 1:53 PM

HATFIELD — Yankee Candle is occupying a nearly 360,000-square-foot building at 142 Elm St., formerly used by C&S Wholesale Grocers as its Hatfield South site, according to the property owner.

FoxRock Properties, a commercial real estate company based in the Boston area, announced last week that Yankee Candle Co. moved to the building and 50-acre site in July.

“FoxRock is excited to add such a notable organization to our tenant roster,” Mark Carroll, managing director at FoxRock, said a statement. “We look forward to helping support their businesses in any way we can.”

In an email, a Yankee Candle spokesperson said the move to Hatfield began last spring. The location houses raw materials and “work-in-process inventory” that is later used for manufacturing. Yankee Candle’s flagship store is on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield and its factory is in Whately.

Yankee Candle was founded by the late Michael J. Kittredge II and is currently owned by Newell Brands. About a year ago, Newell Brands said it would close the South Deerfield corporate offices. The closure, the company said at the time, would not affect the research and development lab in Deerfield, its distribution and manufacturing sites, nor the flagship store on Routes 5 and 10.

FoxRock acquired the Hatfield property in 2022 for $15.5 million, several months after it was vacated by C&S, and then signed a 10-year lease with the candle manufacturer shortly after the acquisition. The site is about a quarter mile from Interstate 91, with 114 parking spaces, 47 loading docks and 23-foot high ceilings, for warehousing and distribution.

No site plan review was completed by the town’s Planning Board.

“This highly functional and well-located property is an excellent addition to our fast-growing portfolio,” Bryan Giudicelli, director of business development at FoxRock Properties, said in a statement.

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Inland South Hatfield Elm LLC, of Newport, Rhode Island, bought the building, constructed in 1968, in December 2006, when C&S sold the Elm Street site for $19.3 million, and its second Hatfield location, at 95 North Hatfield Road, for $37.3 million.

At the time, the sale of the Hatfield warehouses, along with one in Westfield and another in Aberdeen, Maryland, meant that C&S would be renting those spaces, rather than owning them, with leases set to expire in 2022.

How operations at C&S, or its 1,000 employees in Hatfield, were affected by the FoxRock sale wasn’t immediately known, as a C&S spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on operations or structure changes.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.