Topeka Relocation Updates
Harvesters will be moving its Kansas Distribution Center from Topeka to Lawrence in 2024. To learn more about why this is happening, check out our frequently asked questions below.
About Harvesters’ new facility in Lawrence
The building in Lawrence is located at 1220 Timberedge Road in an industrial park area. The building includes 75,000 square feet of space and sits on a little more than 7 acres of land. It was built in 2001.
Harvesters will renovate the building (and add about 10,000 square feet for docks and freezer space) and expects construction to begin by January 2023. This timeline will ensure the building is ready to occupy by spring of 2024 and enable Harvesters to transfer operations with no disruption in service.
Check back here for the latest news and updates! We’ll be posting what’s going on in our new building so you can take this journey with us.
Why is Harvesters moving its Kansas Distribution Center in Topeka?
The state of Kansas is rebuilding the I-70 Polk-Quincy Viaduct in downtown Topeka, and the new design will cut through our existing building. The state will purchase our building and several neighboring buildings for the project.
When will the move happen?
Summer of 2024. Until then, operations will continue as usual at our distribution center in downtown Topeka. Sign up for volunteer shifts here. For information on donating food, click here.
Where is Harvesters moving?
After an extensive search in Topeka, we could not find a location that met our specific needs. Harvesters is purchasing a building in Lawrence, Kansas off of I-70 and exit 202. This location meets our specific needs to ensure we can most efficiently serve our network of partner agencies. It also allows us to move within the required timeframe and not have a disruption in service.
What are those specific needs?
Convenient highway access
At least 45,000 square feet of space, including cubic feet for warehouse racking
Proper zoning for warehouse distribution activities
Will the move impact agencies or neighbors in Topeka or Shawnee County who currently receive food from Harvesters?
No. The level of service and food provided to our partners in Topeka and Shawnee County will remain the same. We currently serve 13 Kansas counties from our Topeka facility. We may be moving our physical distribution center, but our commitment and ability to serve all 13 Kansas counties remains the same.
In fiscal year 2022, the Kansas Distribution Center distributed 13.6 million pounds of food to 13 counties in northeast Kansas. The number of staff employed at the Kansas Distribution Center is 18.