Bumble Bee Seafoods has moved into its new corporate headquarters in the historic Showley Brothers Candy Factory building adjacent to Petco Park downtown.
Bumble Bee has been working closely with the San Diego History Center during the remodeling of its new headquarters to ensure the exterior of the building remains untouched from its restored state.
The openness of the building has been preserved -- to keep up with its manufacturing history -- and has exposed brick walls, open barrel vaulted ceilings and visible pipes and mechanical equipment.
The restored building also incorporated new energy-efficient lighting and office equipment, among other elements, in pursuit of LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Some of the unique aspects of the new headquarters include 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 Brothers Candy Factory.
“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. “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 Seafoods has spent the last 12 years on Granite Ridge Drive in Kearny Mesa.
Bumble Bee has also partnered with the San Diego Padres, because of the close proximity to its corporate office and Petco Park. Bumble Bee has sponsored the wiffle ball field in the Park at the Park and its products will now be featured inside the stadium.
To celebrate its new headquarters, Bumble Bee Seafood will host a special Neighborhood Night on Friday, April 25 from 3-6 p.m. with an open house, live music and a ribbon cutting ceremony with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders.