Ship Essential, a Brooklyn-based third-party fulfillment company, has opened its first Southern California location in Downtown Los Angeles. The new facility encompasses 36,400 square feet at 2535 E. 12th St. at The Box Yard DTLA and will cater to retailers in the LA area.

The Arts District fulfillment center is anchored by lifestyle clothing brand Madhappy. Five other retail brands are slated to begin sending products to the warehouse by the end of June. Lee & Associates’ Mike D. Smith and Jim Halferty handle leasing at the property.

Ship Essential founder David Sitt said the decision to open in DTLA came from the connection to both people and function, noting the proximity of brands to their manufacturers and showrooms. “It was about being close to the customer,” Sitt told L.A. Business First. “That’s one of our core philosophies: being nearby the brand and making ourselves really accessible to them.”

The company was founded in 2020 and began searching for an LA location in mid-2023, reported L.A. Business First.

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