“We looked extensively for a long time, but could not find the space we needed in San Francisco. The Marchant Building was the ideal mixed-use space –manufacturing/warehouse/
TCHO QUIETLY MOVED TO BERKELEY Back in February 2014, we announcedthat San Francisco’s TCHO Chocolate would be moving into the Marchant Building on the border of Berkeley and Oakland on San Pablo Avenue. While the company originally hoped to be up and running at its full capacity (public tours included), the move seems to have taken longer than anticipated. The new location is now fully operational as of November. The company, which was founded in 2005, has signed a 12-year lease, with an option to grow, for 49,000 square feet, part of a 395,000-square-foot property consisting of retail, office, R&D, and light industrial space. TCHO’s recently appointed CEO, Andrew Burke, told Nosh last year that the move was prompted by the need for more space as the company is growing fast. “We looked extensively for a long time, but could not find the space we needed in San Francisco. The Marchant Building was the ideal mixed-use space –manufacturing/warehouse/retail/office,” he said. The new location is more than 30% larger than the Pier 17 space, which had been the company’s headquarters for the past nine years. While TCHO has officially moved all of its operations into the building, it is not yet ready for tours. TCHO wrote on its website: “Our store and tours will make their return at some point, but we don’t have a date yet. Keep checking here for updates — we’ll announce it far and wide, shouting from the rooftops if necessary, when we’re finally ready. Thank you for your patience as we make our way through this phase of our relocation.” TCHO Chocolate is at 3100 San Pablo Ave. (between Folger Avenue and 67th Street), Berkeley. Connect with the chocolate company on Facebook and Twitter.