Caffe D’Arte, a million-pound-per-year roastery that has spent its first 28 years in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, is relocating to Federal Away. According to several local sources, the move will significantly increase storage and roasting capacity.
The move to the new space — at 33926 9th Ave. S., currently occupied by an aircraft parts supplier — will begin in February, and the company expects the expanded operation to be in full swing by June 2014. Caffe D’Arte currently employs about 60 people, but the company’s General Manager, Joe Mancuso, suggested to the Business Examiner more hires may be on the way. Here’s more from that report:
Principal owner of Caffe D’arte is Jeff Stock, a familiar name to Federal Way business observers. Stock also owns Omni Properties and is the former owner and current CEO of Wild Waves theme park. He became involved with Caffe D’arte in 2002, when he and partner Mark Schuur acquired the majority of the company.
Mancuso declined to go into financial details regarding Caffe D’arte’s growth, but said that Stock’s involvement has helped push the business to a new level.
“We roughly are roasting just about a million pounds a year,” he said. “Since (Stock’s involvement), we’ve more than doubled the company. Jeff definitely has provided us the resources to grow from just a Seattle-centric company.
“We now have a retail store and a warehouse and a sales team in the Portland market. We also have a retail store and a sales group in the Boise market. Same thing up in Alaska. We’re going to do the same thing up in British Columbia, in Vancouver. Obviously, having Jeff involved and having the resources to expand with personnel and trucks and those kinds of things helps the company grow, for sure.”