Mambo Sauce Maker Capital City Inks 8K SF Lease in Suburban DC


Capital City, a minority- and family-owned specialty food manufacturer of Mambo Sauce, has signed an 8,280-square-foot lease at St. John PropertiesMelford Town Center, a 466-acre, mixed-use community in Bowie, Md.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Arsha Jones will relocate its corporate headquarters and distribution facility to 5021 Howerton Way, a single-story building containing 39,120 square feet, this summer. The rent was not disclosed. 

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“Our flex/R&D buildings at Melford Town Center are ideal for accommodating a variety of uses with clients like Capital City in mind,” Sean Doordan, senior vice president of leasing and acquisitions for St. John Properties, told Commercial Observer. “We’ve witnessed Capital City’s growth story, from starting in their personal kitchen to now being a recognized brand throughout the area, and are excited to play a role in their story by providing a space that matches their exact needs.”

Mambo Sauce, the sweet, sticky and tangy condiment commonly used on chicken wings, is a popular Washington, D.C., staple in grocery stores, restaurants and food trucks.

Capital City is presently located near Annapolis in Anne Arundel County and services many clients in the greater Washington, D.C., region. According to Doordan, the couple wanted to bring operations closer to its customers.

“When sales started to take off, we decided to make a go of it because of the tremendous reception of the product, and we quickly outgrew our home kitchen,” Arsha Jones said. “Warehouse and distribution space is somewhat limited in the greater Annapolis area, and we pass Melford Town Center regularly on our trips to Washington, D.C. The central location in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor will make it convenient and more efficient to service our growing customer list.”

Melford Town Center is located midway between Annapolis and D.C., with access to U.S. Route 50. 

Bill Jautze, leasing representative at St. John Properties, represented the landlord. The tenant was self-represented.