Louisville coffee company Heine Brothers’ Coffee is moving its headquarters to 1301 W. Main St. in the Portland neighborhood.
Fifteen employees will work out of the new corporate offices, which also will feature a roastery, a warehouse and state-of-the-art training center. Although it won’t regularly be open to the public, the company plans to host events there.
“There is a lot of momentum on the west side of Ninth Street, and as a local company, we see an opportunity to make a positive impact on the neighborhood,” Heine Bros. president Mike Mays said in a news release. “We’re excited about the potential to hug the phase 4 expansion of Waterfront Park West. To be in a beautiful building believed to be the city’s first steel beam warehouse constructed right after the turn of the century is another big draw.”
Mays told Insider Louisville in a follow-up interview that Heine Brothers will close its current offices above the Heine Brothers in Crescent Hill and its small warehouse and training space in the Clifton.
“We are going to centralize everything,” Mays said, adding that the offices are “cramped” and the roastery is only about 4,500 square feet. “We have a humble training area that also doubles as the break room.”
A company called 1301 W Main St LLC bought the property for $925,000 in February from Richard and Bonnie Ciresi. Mays, Shine Contracting owner Gregg Rochman, developer Gill Holland and Heine Bros. co-owner Chuck Schnatter own 1301 W Main St LLC.
The building previously was home to HVAC contractor Automatic Air Corp., which is now located at 367 Baxter Ave.
“It is really a spectacular project,” Rochman said. “It’s a big domino to drop, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The Heine Brothers’ announcement, along with the recent University of Louisville project announcement, are “proof that the work that we have been doing is paying off,” Rochman said.
Heine Brothers’ will start renovations on the more than 100-year-old building in the spring and are aiming to open in late summer. The company will occupy about 16,000 square feet and is looking to lease the remaining 24,000 square feet.
About a dozen prospective renters already have toured the building, including some technology companies and breweries, Mays said, adding that they are looking for “energizing people” to take over the space.
The renovations will cost an estimated $718,920, according to an application for a tax moratorium filed with Louisville Metro Government. The city grants five-year tax moratoriums to businesses and individuals who make improvements to qualifying residential and commercial buildings.
The upgrades will include adding bathrooms, taking care of deferred maintenance on exterior windows, roof and masonry, adding garage doors and fixing the facade. The owners also plan to install a solar panel array and water retention system on the roof of the Portland building.
“(The roof) is an acre, so it would really be well suited for both of those uses,” Rochman said.
Heine Brothers has 13 stores in Louisville and Southern Indiana.