PHARR, Texas – The City of Pharr and the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Eagle Cold Storage, the newest cold storage facility for wholesale produce distributor Traveler Produce, LLC.

Sitting on a five-acre lot in the Pharr Produce District, the 20,000-square-foot building will accommodate up to 30 truckloads of cargo and has room for a future expansion double that.

Traveler Produce, which has operated out of McAllen since 2011, opened this new location to be closer to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. Pedro Camacho, owner and CEO of the company, said they have used the bridge throughout their tenure in the Rio Grande Valley but were more recently persuaded to make a move. Factors like the construction of the Durango-Mazatlan super highway played a role, but it was the persistence of the city’s chamber of commerce and bridge board that ultimately swayed him.

“They have been, like, pushing and pushing for the business,” said Camacho. “I see these people in the Mexican expos, in the PMA [Produce Marketing Association], in Viva Fresh, so, they are working with the growers, the distributors, with everybody. And, they’re doing a really good job.”

Rebecca Arizmendi, president of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce, unabashedly admitted as much, saying she was happy with the recruitment. As head of the newly-reestablished chamber, she also expressed her excitement in having Travel Produce as the first produce member in the organization, but said she expects many more as Pharr continues to flourish.

Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Director, Luis Bazán, agreed, calling Pharr a “produce mecca” with the bridge at the center. As over 70 percent of the nation’s produce crosses through the bridge every year, Bazan foresees more people like Camacho settling in the city.

“These young entrepreneurs who have been doing business through this bridge for so long – they saw the potential,” said Bazán. “They see the numbers; they see that there’s room for expansion, for growth, so they decide to go for it. And, they invest big. Just like we’re investing big for faster trade, these guys are investing big for future trade, for future growth. And, I think this is where it’s at. It’s next to the bridge.”

When asked about competing for companies with cities like McAllen, Bazán was quick to point to out the regional gain when any business comes to the Valley, even thanking the McAllen Economic Development Corporation for sending businesses their way in the past.

 “You know, we all benefit from it at the end of the day,” said Bazán. “This is a regional effort…The Pharr [International] Bridge is a global bridge; it’s a global engine. So, we’re just happy to be partnered with our trade partners, our stakeholders, our customers and anybody else who wants to use our services.”

The new Eagle Cold Storage is located at 10701 S. International Drive in Pharr.

For more information about the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce, visit their website or contact Rebecca Arizmendi at 956-483-5090.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Freddy Flores (left) and Luis Bazán (right) of the Pharr International Bridge team, and Pedro Camacho of Eagle Cold Storage (center).