American fresh-baked pie producer Table Talk Pies plans to build a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient 120,000 + sqft bakery in Worcester, Massachusetts, to produce dessert pies within the former Crompton & Knowles Complex. Partnering with Chacharone Properties, the 95-year old Worcester company will move its Kelley Square bakery on Washington Street to an underdeveloped plot of land in a revitalized area of the city.
The plan is to build a more streamlined and efficient facility to produce dessert pies that will replace the Kelley Square operations. Table Talk will lease the building from Chacharone Properties and the new facility will include food-grade production space, warehouse, and office space for Table Talk. As with two previous buildings developed for Table Talk Pies, Chacharone Properties plans to use high efficiency and environmentally-friendly construction materials that complement the designs of other updated buildings in the neighborhood. The goal is to have the entire project completed and ready to begin operations in June 2021.
The Table Talk baking facility will require approximately USD10m of private investment by Chacharone Properties and USD12m in equipment and building improvements by Table Talk. The Company is seeking support from the City of Worcester and the City Council for the project in the form of tax incentives.
Over the last three years, with the help of the City of Worcester and community partners, Table Talk and Chacharone Properties successfully transformed the South Worcester Industrial Park, with the completion of the 25 Southgate Street bakery and Armory Street Cold Storage facility making a major economic impact through the redevelopment of vacant land and the creation of jobs for Worcester residents. The partnership plans for the same success at the new location.
Table Talk plans to employ180 full-time operations staff at the new location. The 130 current full-time production staff that will be relocated from the Kelley Square bakery will be complemented by 50 new full-time positions added over three years. Over 60% of Table Talk’s employees live in Worcester, many in the Main South and surrounding neighborhoods, making it an accessible location.
“The City has been working with Table Talk for years to facilitate their growth, starting with the sale of City-owned land to enable 80,000 square feet of new space in the South Worcester Industrial Park, and now this proposed 120,000 square-foot facility just down the street. The jobs created at these facilities provide important economic opportunities and careers for our residents,” says Worcester City Manager, Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
Table Talk will continue to bake pies in Kelley Square while the building of the new bakery is underway. Once the new bakery is complete and is fully functional, the company will phase down production. At that point, the company will look at its options for the future development of the property.