Merritt Properties Partners with NAFCO and Congressional Seafood to Build a $8.9M Seafood Distribution Facility in Jessup

Merritt Properties and NAFCO & Congressional Seafood Company have joined forces to construct a new seafood distribution facility in Jessup. The 88,000-square-foot building will serve as NAFCO and Congressional’s new headquarters.

Merritt Properties and NAFCO and Congressional Seafood Company have joined forces to construct a new seafood distribution facility in Jessup. The 88,000-square-foot building will serve as NAFCO and Congressional’s new headquarters.

The $8.9 million project is scheduled to be finished by February 2015 and allows for an 18,000-square-foot future expansion. It will be developed by Merritt Construction Services, a division of Merritt Properties, on 5.5 acres at 7775 S. Chesapeake Bay Court, adjacent to the Maryland Seafood Market. The parcel of land was acquired from the Maryland Food Center Authority. Merritt Properties and Stanley Pearlman, president of NAFCO, will jointly own the land and the building. Merritt Properties will serve as managing partner.

The new, single-story industrial/flex building will have 8,000 square feet of office space. It will allow NAFCO and Congressional to centralize their operation. The two affiliated seafood distributors have outgrown the space they currently lease space with the Maryland Food Center Authority at the Seafood Market and are in need of a new location.

“We are very excited to be bringing NAFCO and Congressional Seafood under one roof with the ground breaking of our new offices and food processing plant at the Seafood Market in Jessup,” Jon Pearlman, vice president, director of operations and HACCP coordinator at Congressional Seafood Company, said in a press statement. “Howard County has been our home for the past 20 years and we’re so happy we are able to build our new headquarters on familiar ground. We believe the state-of-the-art facility will raise the bar for food safety and enable us to continue to deliver the highest quality seafood to our customers throughout the mid-Atlantic.”

“We have long appreciated the business-friendly mindset of Howard County. They clearly understand the critical role private business plays in the economic health of Maryland,” Merritt Properties CEO Scott Dorsey added. “Our positive relationship with the county has enabled us to move forward with this project, knowing that they will continue to be supportive of our development efforts, as well as the daily operations of NAFCO and Congressional.”