The company is applying to Arun District Council for planning permission to build an 8,000 m2 warehouse with offices and 6,500 m2 of dry storage area.
Fargro’s current site has approval for development including 1,250 residential units, a new school, shops, business facilities and infrastructure improvements. The development covers a wider area than Fargro's site.
Fargro’s professional advisers have investigated some 20 alternative sites within the local area and are now consulting with locals.
Curtin & Co representative Steve Carey, who Fargro has employed to lead community consultation, said: "Location is an important factor in Fargro’s success. Not only are we a local firm providing to local growers but the vast majority of our staff live locally too. Keeping such an experienced team together is not only important to our business but also to the local growers we supply".
Fargro was funded in 1946 as a co-operative and is now owned by more than 300 shareholders. It has 57 staff.
Fargro hopes to submit a planning application to the council by the end of the year and be on site in early 2013 if successful before moving in during 2014.