LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville-based Heine Brothers’ Coffee plans to move its headquarters and other operations to the city’s Portland neighborhood by late summer, the company said Monday.

The move is part of an expansion that also includes combining the company’s main offices, training center, roaster and warehouse in a building at 1301 W. Main Street.

In all, 15 employees are slated to work in the new complex. The company’s principal office now is located at its Frankfort Avenue store.

“There is a lot of momentum on the west side of Ninth Street, and as a local company we see an opportunity to make a positive impact on the neighborhood,” Heine Brothers’ president Mike Mays said in a statement.  

Mays said the company also is excited about the “potential to hug” the next phase of Waterfront Park, which tentatively calls for 22 acres between the Ohio River and Rowan Street, bounded roughly by 10th Street to the east and 14th Street to the west.

Heine Brothers’ plans to use 16,000 square feet in the building previously home to Automatic Air. The remaining 24,000 square feet would be leased, according to a news release.

Founded in 1994 by Mays and Gary Heine, Heine Brothers’ has 13 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Mayor Greg Fischer Tweeted Monday morning that the announcement is “Big, exciting news.”

Last week, Fischer unveiled a long-term transportation plan for Louisville that proposes extending River Road and reworking the “9th Street Divide” that often is viewed as a wall between downtown and neighborhoods to the west.

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