Associated Grocers’s Pembroke plant expands
Members of the Associated Grocers of New England Board of Directors gathered Monday to break ground on a 105,000-square-foot expansion to its 380,000-square-foot Pembroke facility. (RYAN O’CONNOR PHOTO)
Monday, dozens of AG executives, board members and Pembroke officials and state leaders gathered at the company’s 380,000-square-foot facility at 11 Cooperative Way to break ground on a 105,000-square-foot expansion.
“What’s impressive to me is that despite the recession, they’ve had the job growth ... and as they said today, high-paying, decent jobs, which is something we’re always looking for in the state,” said state Rep. Sally Kelly, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony. “We’re honored that they’re in Pembroke because job growth is our number-one priority.”
He noted the expansion should be complete by the end of the year. And he said the region’s largest retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor plans to continue to expand on its 100-acre site.
“It was difficult finding property in Manchester to build on, so to find this (land) in Pembroke and have it only be 20 miles away so our employees didn’t have a long commute, has worked out great for us,” he said. “The town’s been very receptive to what we’re trying to accomplish, and we’ve been very responsive to their needs.”
“The whole AG group has just been a marvelous partner in Pembroke, contributing to all sorts of town events, Old Home days and things of that nature,” Schuett said.
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