By Star Hughes-Gorup
If you’ve ever been to a Padres game, chances are you’ve seen Bumble Bee Seafoods’ amazing headquarters in the outfield of Petco Park inside the historical Showley Brothers Candy Factory Building. It might be the coolest location—and building, for that matter—in all of San Diego! Bumble Bee’s new space represents a 180° turnaround from its previous headquarters in Kearny Mesa. With an open floor plan and lots of amenities throughout, the historical building’s original brick and timber structure has been left exposed with polished concrete walkways to give the space a true “fishing industry” ambiance.
Their glass conference room provides a rustic feel with an intricate wood table and unique light pendants hanging from the ceiling which adds to the ambience. With a lunchroom that opens to an outdoor patio facing Petco Park and a coffee bar located on the second floor, Bumble Bee focused on creating more “living” space than “office” space for its team to enjoy. It’s the perfect space for team members to gather to partake in views and action of the bustling downtown streets below.
Bumble Bee made sure to incorporate historic touches at every turn. Throughout the space you’ll find huge, wall-sized graphics of fishing boats and tuna factories, in addition to many framed black and white fishing industry photos from years past.
The custom furniture throughout the space was built using recycled materials from the fishing industry. And the carpet that is used? It’s made from recycled fish netting! The end result is an impressive corporate headquarters which truly embodies the long history of the Bumble Bee brand, all while boasting the earmarks of modernity. Congratulations to Bumble Bee Seafoods for a beautiful space and wonderful addition to Downtown San Diego!
Star Hughes-Gorup is senior vice president director at Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate firm with offices in Seattle, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Star is a key member of Hughes Marino’s San Diego brokerage team, where she specializes in tenant representation and building purchases. Star also makes frequent media appearances to speak on business issues from a millennial perspective, and blogs about life as a woman in a male-dominated industry at starhughesgorup.com. Contact Star at 1-844-NO-CONFLICT, or firstname.lastname@example.org.