Warabeya Nichiyo Holdings Co. Ltd., a producer of ready-to-eat meals for convenience stores including 7-Eleven, said it will build a new manufacturing facility in Ohio through its subsidiary Warabeya Texas Inc. for $81.5 million.
The company expects to open the new plant in December 2024, it said. It is also planning to begin operation of a new plant in Virginia in August through Lewisville, Texas-based Warabeya Texas.
Tokyo-based Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd., the parent company of 7-Eleven Inc., Irving, Texas, is the largest shareholder in Warabeya Nichiyo Holdings. The company has developed business for 7-Eleven in Hawaii through Warabeya USA and in Texas through Warabeya Texas. In 2016, Warabeya USA Inc. invested in Prime Deli Corp., now Warabeya Texas.
7-Eleven uses Warabeya Texas as a business partner for its fresh-food business in the Midwest, which requires Warabeya Nichiyo to construct a new plant in Ohio to supply products to 7-Eleven and Speedway convenience stores in the area, with a capacity of up to 2,500 stores. It did not announce the exact location of the new plant.
Warabeya Nichiyo will change the name of Warabeya Texas to Warabeya North America Inc. on April 1.
The new Ohio facility, a single-story, steel-frame building, will have floor space of 14,000 square feet.
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