Investment will triple showroom space to 12,000
square feet to accommodate innovative demo kitchen
and facilities for foodservice workshops and
gastronomic events .
John Napoli undergoes $2.3 million expansion
By : JOSE L. CARMONA
Volume: 36 | No: 13
Page : 09
Issued : 04/03/2008
After nearly two years of construction work without shutting
down its daily operations, local foodservice equipment and
supplies provider John Napoli & Associates (JNA) expects to
complete at the end of this summer a $2.3 million expansion of its
Puerta de Tierra facilities where the company has been operating
continuously for the past 48 years.
According to JNA Purchasing Agent & Compliance Coordinator Annie
Napoli, the investment triples the showroom space from 4,000
square feet to 12,000 square feet which, along with the
administrative office, brings the structure’s total to 19,000
“The expansion consisted in the remodeling of the existing
facilities and the addition of office space as well as ample room
for an innovative demo kitchen, a new warehouse showroom facility
to hold foodservice workshops and gastronomic events,” Napoli told
Napoli explained construction took longer than expected because
daily business operations continued uninterrupted during the
expansion work, which was further delayed by work that had to be
done by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa).
“Construction started in July 2006, but we never moved out or
discontinued operations during construction, which made things a
little more difficult. It has been business as usual here during
construction,” added Napoli.
Super Coat General Contractors was in charge of construction,
while remodeling and expansion was designed by local architect
Juan Manuel Moscoso and construction financing provided by
With the new demo kitchen, Napoli said the company plans to bring
suppliers from the mainland U.S. to do demonstrations of their new
products in-house instead of having to send company personnel to
“Although suppliers such as Turbo Chef, Scotsman and Libbey have
previously done demonstrations in our old facility, the new demo
kitchen will provide ample and comfortable new facilities to hold
these. The new area is multifunctional because it can also be used
as a large conference room,” commented Napoli.
The company, added Napoli, also plans to bring renowned chefs to
do kitchen demonstrations and to hold gastronomic events in the
new facilities using the latest equipment from suppliers.
Although the company specializes in foodservice equipment, Napoli
said it also provides wares to institutional clients in the
pharmaceutical and hospital industries.
“There’s more than meets the eye to the expansion because it’s not
just about kitchen equipment; we can bring institutional clients
from other industries and hold seminars for them not just about
the equipment but also about their use and cleaning. These are
very important issues for pharmaceutical and hospital facilities
that need to pass rigorous sanitary inspections,” noted Napoli.