11:30A.M., THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020


WHO: Join Dr. Eric Dickson, President & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care and Harry Kokkinis, President of Table Talk Pies and along with Table Talk team members and health care personnel as they receive the 10,000th Table Talk Pie as a thank you to Worcester’s hometown heroes for all that the frontline workers and first responders do and continue to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHAT: On Thursday, June 11th, Table Talk Pies will donate its 10,000th pie to UMass Memorial Health Care and Worcester’s hometown heroes in a special photo opportunity, complete with pies and more! To-date,

Table Talk pies has donated over 9,744 pies and they will provide an additional 256 pies on the hilltop overlooking the UMass Memorial Hospital campus.   

UMass Memorial Health Care may be the cornerstone of Table Talk Pies’ donation efforts — but the pie company has donated more than 100,000 pies (that’s right!) during the pandemic.  Offering pies to first responders every Thursday for ‘Thankful Thursdays’ at the Table Talk Pie Store and pie deliveries made to food banks, school lunch programs, food pantries, health care facilities, first responders and more throughout greater Worcester and beyond.

***PHOTO OPP*** Dr. Eric Dickson, President & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care and Harry Kokkinis, President of Table Talk Pie will stand with team members and a pie display! Both are also available for brief onsite interviews.

WHERE:  367 Plantation Street (overlooking UMass Memorial Hospital), Worcester, MA 01605

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020


Mariellen Norris, Regan Communications, 617.592.5637 (cell)

Jillian Tedeschi, Regan Communications, 617.833.0507 (cell)

Tony Berry, UMass Memorial Health Care, 774-317-0422 (cell)


About Table Talk Pies

Table Talk Pies, Inc. is a growing family-owned food manufacturing business that has been making fresh baked pies in Worcester, MA since 1924. Now in its 3rd generation of ownership and leadership, Table Talk is one of the country’s leading full-line producers of pies.  The company has three large scale bakeries located in Worcester and Shrewsbury, MA – Kelley Square, Washington Street, Table Talk’s largest and oldest bakery, was established in l942 – Bowditch Drive on the Worcester/Shrewsbury line, opened in 2015 and Southgate Street, opened in 2017 and the latest cold storage facility warehouse opened in 2019, next to the Southgate Street Bakery.

About UMass Memorial Health Care

UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest health care system in Central Massachusetts. We are the clinical partner of UMass Medical School, with access to the latest technology, research and clinical trials. Our health care system includes three hospitals: UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester), UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital (Burbank, Clinton and Leominster Campuses), UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital (Marlborough). Our hospitals receive full accreditation by the Joint Commission, a national organization that sets quality standards for hospitals. In addition to our fully equipped medical centers, our system also includes home health and hospice programs, behavioral health programs and community-based physician practices. We have an affiliation with CareWell Urgent Care to provide regional urgent care services. Also, the UMass Memorial Medical Group provides high quality, low-cost outpatient surgery services at The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury.

Press Release: Table Talk Pies and Chacharone Properties Plan to Build a State-of-the-Art Bakery in Main South

Historic Worcester Pie Company Strengthens its Commitment to the City and its Employees

Worcester, MA – January 16, 2020 – Table Talk Pies, Inc. plans to build a new state-of-the-art, energy efficient 120,000 + square foot bakery to produce dessert pies within the former Crompton & Knowles Complex in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood.  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.

“My father and his partner—two Greek immigrants—moved to Worcester and started Table Talk here because it was a city where they could build a life for their families and a business,” said Mary T. Cocaine, Table Talk Pies, majority shareholder. “I am proud that over 95 years later, Worcester is still a city that the company calls home and the Table Talk family can continue to grow.”

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.  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.

“Worcester has been an important part of Table Talk’s success over the years,” says Harry Kokkinis, President of Table Talk Pies, “We are very excited to find a location, with the help of Chacharone Properties and the City of Worcester, where we can build a facility that supports our desire to maintain and grow our presence in Worcester.”

The Table Talk baking facility will require approximately $10 million of private investment by Chacharone Properties and $12 million 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.

“Chacharone Properties is excited to once again team up with Table Talk Pies,” said James Chacharone, Founder and Principal of Chacharone Properties.  “Working with the City, we were able to assemble this 8 +/- acre site and we look forward to developing this facility for Table Talk Pies, which will continue to improve the South Worcester and Main South communities.”

Table Talk plans to employ 180 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.  There are no plans to move the company’s retail store, The Pie Store, from its current location at 153 Green Street.

About Table Talk Pies

Table Talk Pies, Inc. is a growing family-owned food manufacturing business that has been making fresh baked pies in Worcester, MA since 1924. Now in its 3rd generation of ownership and leadership, Table Talk is one of the country’s leading full-line producers of pies. Table Talk’s team of more than 300 full-time employees ­– over 60% of whom are Worcester residents—produce pies at three automated bakeries that are sold in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and beyond.  Table Talk specializes in 4-inch snack pies as well as 8-inch dessert pies. In 2019, Table Talk sold 240 million 4 inch pies and 25 million dessert pies.

The company has three large scale bakeries located in Worcester and Shrewsbury, MA

  • Kelley Square, Washington Street, Table Talk’s largest and oldest bakery, was established in l942
  • Bowditch Drive on the Worcester/Shrewsbury line, opened in 2015
  • Southgate Street, the newest facility, opened in 2017

In September 2019, Table Talk opened a 30,000 square feet cold storage warehouse, consisting of 3,100 pallet positions and loading docks at 65 Armory Street, next to the Southgate Street bakery.

About Chacharone Properties

Chacharone Properties, which is family owned and operated, was established in 1982 and develops, manages and leases quality properties in central Massachusetts.  Today, the firm’s multi-faceted approach has resulted in the creation of nearly two million square feet of prime commercial property in one of the state’s most vibrant regions for economic growth.

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PRESS RELEASE: Table Talk Pies Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Facility – Armory Street Cold Storage in South Worcester Industrial Park

Worcester (September 12, 2019)— Just recently finished,  “Armory Street Cold Storage,” a new cold storage facility, will be opening Thursday the 12th of September with a private, invite-only ribbon cutting ceremony at 65 Armory Street, Worcester at 4 p.m.   Armory Street Cold Storage is a separate company but is part of  the Table Talk Pies, Inc. family of companies. The new freezer sits adjacent to Table Talk’s 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Southgate Street.

Table Talk Pies will now have dedicated cold storage space and will be able to store a large portion of their finished goods at this location, enabling the company to streamline their distribution process.  Armory Street Cold Storage is roughly 30,000 square feet of cold storage space, consisting of slightly over 3,100 pallet positions, and six shipping and receiving docks.

“When my grandfather and his partner were making pies at night and delivering them by horse drawn carriage in the morning, I do not think they ever could have imagined this,” said Table Talk President Harry Kokkinis.  “Having this dedicated capacity is an important milestone for our company’s future that would not be possible without our partners—Chacherone Properties, Tippman Innovation, H&M Bay and of course the City of Worcester—particularly Councilor Saria Rivera, Mayor Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus, and Peter Dunn of the Business and Community Development Division.”

The new state-of-the-art freezer will utilize cutting edge technology. Operators can monitor, track, and make changes to the temperature—0 degrees or lower—in real-time through sensors in the warehouse that communicate directly to their mobile devices. They will also have access to safety information and know immediately if an incident occurs in the warehouse.

The brand-new building was constructed by the developer of the project, Chacherone Properties, with Fort Wayne, Indiana-based cold storage builder Tippman Innovation as the general contractor. A key aspect of this project is that it is designed to maximize energy efficiency. The freezer will be managed by H&M Bay, a national leader in LTL transportation logistics and cold storage.

“With the second new building in South Worcester, Table Talk Pies has made a significant contribution and commitment to Worcester and the South Worcester community,” said Jim Chacherone, founder & principle of Chacherone Properties, LLC.  “We are proud to be a part of this expansion and look forward to supporting Table Talk Pies in the years to come.”

“Harry Kokkinis and Jim Chacherone have been great partners,” said Rob Adams, partner of Tippmann Innovation.  “We also had great support from all of the local Worcester contractors that were involved in this project. We are happy to be part of building the state-of-the-art freezer that will support the manufacturing arm of Table Talk Pies.”

“H&M Bay looks forward to solidifying our relationship with Table Talk Pies and we’re excited about our role in Armory Street Cold Storage,” said Walt Messick, III, COO of H&M Bay, Inc.

Table Talk Pies

Founded in 1924, Table Talk Pies is one of the leading full line producers of pies, providing its customers with a wide range of sizes and formats. Headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts, the skilled bakers bake over 200 million snack pies a year, in addition to the 8” and 10” dessert pies. Always a favorite of every New Englander, pies are now distributed from coast to coast. Table Talk Pies can be found in your local grocery store, convenience store,  or mass merchandiser.