Bumble Bee Seafoods is moving back to downtown San Diego, Calif., after 12 years on Granite Ridge Drive in Kearny Mesa. The brand first purchased a canning facility on the San Diego waterfront over 30 years ago, and is getting back to its roots with a move to the historic Showley Bros. Candy Factory in the East Village.
“We are very excited about the move of Bumble Bee’s corporate headquarters back to downtown San Diego,” said Bumble Bee President and CEO, Chris Lischewski, in a prepared statement. “We pride ourselves on being an active member of the local community where we have so much company history, and this move allows us to do that in even bigger and better ways.”
Bumble Bee has been working closely with the San Diego Historical Society during the remodeling of its new headquarters to ensure the exterior of the building remains untouched from its restored state, according to the release. In keeping with its rich manufacturing history, the openness of the building has been preserved, showcasing exposed brick walls, open barrel vaulted ceilings, and visible pipes and mechanical equipment, while also incorporating energy-efficient lighting and office equipment among other elements in pursuit of LEED Silver Certification for commercial interiors. Guests will find unique touches throughout the new headquarters including conference room furniture constructed out of distressed wood and recycled equipment from its tuna canneries, recycled fishing net carpeting and authentic photos depicting the rich histories of both Bumble Bee Seafoods and the Showley Bros. Candy Factory.
Visitors to the ballpark will also be surprised to find Bumble Bee in various locations around Petco Park. Friends and families can play on Bumble Bee’s whiffle ball field in the park at the park while fans inside the stadium discover a different style of ballpark fare. Bumble Bee’s Ready To Eat Tuna and Chicken Salad Kits with Crackers and fresh tuna, chicken or egg salad in made-to-order sandwiches will be available at the Bumble Bee Seafoods food cart in the park and at various concessions inside the Parkp
As part of its continued commitment to the downtown community, Bumble Bee continues to work with longtime partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County to host children ages 12 to 17 from the nearby Monarch Schools in a real-life work environment twice a month through the organization’s Beyond School Walls mentoring program. Bumble Bee is also a member and Gold Sponsor of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and a Director Council member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.