‘Co-warehouse’ opens in Atlanta

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
The ribbon-cutting event was attended by many community members including executives from Invest Atlanta, Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and more.

ATLANTA – Saltbox, a new 27,000 square foot co-working and co-warehousing facility has opened for business in Atlanta.

The facility was built specifically for small businesses and e-commerce operators, and combines a traditional co-working facility with warehousing space, including storage, loading docks, photography capabilities and more.

“We’re thrilled to have officially welcomed our founding members into the Saltbox space and are looking forward to welcoming many more in the coming months,” said Tyler Scriven, co-founder and CEO of Saltbox.

The first of many planned locations, Saltbox offers a purpose-built space for the country’s growing “Concrete Class” to operate their businesses and engage with a like-minded community of peers.

The Concrete Class, a diverse set of entrepreneurs that includes importers and exporters, distributors, makers and e-commerce operators, has been vastly overlooked and under-serviced when it comes to the physical space required to support their businesses.

Saltbox offers month-to-month memberships and provides a range of options from community memberships to private “warehouse suites,” including loading dock access, high-speed Wi-Fi, warehouse equipment, a photography stage, conference rooms, enterprise security, temperature controlled environment, common areas and quiet booths – with the added benefit of working among a community of peers with similar challenges.

“Because these entrepreneurs don’t need tens of thousands of square feet, they find themselves facing a constant and frustrating tradeoff,” said Tyler Scriven, co-founder and CEO of Saltbox.

“Current options are either too expensive, too big, or too far away from city centres. And with the average warehouse space being 34 years old, they’re inevitably forced to give up the modern conveniences that businesses need to thrive. With Saltbox, every entrepreneur has a community to call home.”

Saltbox recently raised $3.2 million in venture funding. The funding round, its first, was led by Village Global with participation from MetaProp, Arena Ventures and Kapor Capital as well as a number of leading angel investors.

Atlanta has a growing, diverse ecosystem, expanding by the week with new talent, new companies, more capital and greater connectivity. This city and specifically the Upper Westside has been an ideal location for Saltbox’s first facility. With the money already invested in the building and the jobs created, Saltbox will make a $5.6 million economic impact on the local economy, according to Invest Atlanta.

“We are eager to witness Atlanta’s small businesses and entrepreneurs utilize Saltbox and value the facilities’ commitment to its clients,” said District 9 Council member Dustin Hillis.

“Saltbox provides a vital space for startup companies to continue to grow in the city of Atlanta while generating new ideas. The model and the amenities offered are a tremendous investment and good fit for a growing business.”

Saltbox currently has 30-plus members, supporting more than 20 businesses. These founding members operate businesses in diverse industries, such as beauty, household goods and technology.

“Saltbox allows us to work, store and ship from a reasonably priced space suitable for our growing business with all the amenities and benefits of large stocked warehouse,” said Jody Stansell and Bryan Scarborough, Cinch Skirt.

“The educational opportunities from the staff and available seminars along with the knowledge sharing among the other small businesses at Saltbox is invaluable.”

The company’s first location is located in Atlanta at 1345 Seaboard Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318.