Tax deal sought for Table Talk to expand – Worcester MA.

By Nick Kotsopoulos
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER – Table Talk Pies wants to expand its operations to a 50,000-square-foot industrial building to be constructed in the South Worcester Industrial Park.

With a workforce of 300 people at its Worcester headquarters at Kelley Square and at a recently added location in Shrewsbury, Table Talk intends to have two permanent shifts working at the new facility, with a capacity for a third shift, according to city officials.

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., in his report to the City Council, said the company initially plans to hire 50 additional, permanent, full-time employees at the SWIP location, which he said is needed to meet its growing operational needs.

By the end of 2019, Table Talk hopes to have as many as 80 full-time employees there, consisting of 70 hourly positions and 10 salaried positions.

“The proposed project will put two vacant, non-tax-generating, city-owned parcels back to productive reuse, retain and expand Table Talk Pies’ operations in Worcester, retain 30 full-time jobs that will be relocating from Table Talk’s Washington Street facility to SWIP, creating a minimum of 50 full-time jobs, and generate new tax revenue for the city,” Mr. Augustus’ report said.

Citing Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer, the report says Chacharone Properties LLC, a local property owner and developer, is acquiring two city-owned parcels in the industrial park – 17 Southgate Place and 25 Southgate St. – where it plans to construct the new building for Table Talk.

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