South Carolina Department of Commerce
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2022
City Roots expanding operations in Richland County
$4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – City Roots, a family-owned urban farm and agribusiness destination, today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The company’s $4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs over the next five years.
Established in 2009, City Roots serves top restaurants, chefs, grocery retailers and food distributors across the Southeast. From microgreens to baby herbs, City Roots produces fresh, organic vegetables locally. Known for sustainable farming, City Roots strives to educate the community through farm tours – incorporating the benefits of environmentally friendly farming practices.
Located at 1630 Longwood Road in Columbia, City Roots’ expansion to a new site will allow the company to create a microgreen-integrated production facility. The operation will include a state-of-the-art greenhouse structure, which will be open for agricultural tours and workshops for new and beginning farmers. The site will also include a solar farm that will provide energy for the facility’s needs.
The expansion is expected to be complete by spring 2023. Individuals interested in joining the City Roots team should visit the company’s contact page.
"City Roots is excited to expand its organic farm and greenhouse production in Richland County. The new facility will be highly efficient, sustainable and will continue to employ and feed people here in our local community.” -City Roots Co-Founder Eric McClam
“City Roots is another testament that agribusiness in South Carolina continues to flourish. We are proud that a family-owned business such as City Roots continues to grow in Richland County, and we congratulate them on their $4.4 million investment and the 60 new jobs that they will create.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“We are excited that City Roots continues to thrive throughout the Richland County community and beyond. City Roots’ innovative approach to urban farming and agribusiness education is to be commended, and we look forward to their continued positive impact.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Since 2009, City Roots has been connecting South Carolinians to farming while also flourishing as an agribusiness. This next step in their development is a great step for the microgreen industry and for South Carolina. We’re proud of this homegrown talent.” -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
"City Roots has left a wonderful impact on the Richland County community with its locally grown products going to restaurants and grocery retailers that serve our residents’ food needs. Council is pleased to see this family-owned business invest in new facilities and is excited for the additional growth and jobs this investment will bring.” -Richland County Council Chairman Overture Walker
FIVE FAST FACTS
- City Roots is expanding operations in Richland County.
- The company’s $4.4 million investment will create 60 new jobs over the next five years.
- City Roots is a family-owned urban farm and agribusiness destination.
- Located at 1630 Longwood Road in Columbia, S.C.
Individuals interested in joining the City Roots team should visit the company’s contact page.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Want to know more about the City Roots expansion? Check out this feature with News19 WLTX.