Blue Bell scoops up land for Ashland facility

With an outlet mall and Harley Davidson dealer on the way, a massive Hanover County development site has landed another sweet tenant.

Blue Bell Creameries, maker of the popular Blue Bell Ice Cream brand, recently bought 2.4 acres of land at Northlake Park near Ashland where it will build a giant ice cream facility expected to open next year.

Gibson Wright, head of Northlake’s master developer Dominion Land & Development Corp., called Blue Bell’s plan a “14,000-square-foot freezer” of a distribution facility.

Blue Bell first moved into Richmond last year with a pair of leased distribution and storage facilities near the airport on Corrugated Road and Laburnum Avenue. Its ice cream products appeared in Richmond stores in March 2013.

From Richmond BizSense. Read the full article here.