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Keurig is Brewing A Move Out of Reading

Keurig met with Burlington officials to discuss moving offices to that community.

Coffee giant is looking to close its Reading headquarters on Walkers Brook Drive and may move its operations to Burlington.

Company officials appeared before the Burlington Board of Selectmen on Monday. Chris Stevens, vice president of corporate relations, and Lynn Tokarczyk, president of Business Development Strategies, Inc., discussed the possibilities of moving the Keurig headquarters to Burlington. The idea was met with enthusiasm by members of the board and Burlington Town Administrator Robert Mercier.

Stevens said Keurig, which is owned by Green Mountain Coffee, is looking for a larger location to consolidate its headquarters. Currently, Keurig has a base of operations in Reading and offices in other New England states.

Tokarczyk confirmed after the meeting that the company is looking to close office locations, including the Reading office, and move to a new location, though the final destination is under consideration.

"This is a relocation and consolidation into one facility. They haven't made a decision on which location, in Massachusetts or outside of the state yet," she said. "This is just preliminary. Burlington has two locations in consideration and there are others under consideration as well."

Stevens said that the company is interested in Burlington because of its easy access from the highway, business-friendly atmosphere and amenities for employees.

Keurig also plans to hire 400 new employees. Tokarczyk said jobs will be advertised to qualified Burlington residents first if the company were to go to town.

"The hiring plan is to open jobs to qualified Burlington residents first," she said. "Keurig will advertise locally and at job fairs and various events. What they're saying is they expect to create 400 jobs and look to hire qualified residents of Burlington first and then the region."

Members of the Burlington Board of Selectmen were enthusiastic about the possibility of Keurig going to Burlington.

"We think Keurig coming to Burlington would be great for the community," Selectman Robert Hogan said. "Even if residents get one-fourth of the new jobs, that is still 100 new jobs."

Joe Veno March 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
TedB, Check out Rt. 3A in Burlington. commercial and residental mixed all the way up Rt.. 3A.
TedB March 19, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Joe....rt. 3a is very similar to rt 28. There are small stores and sub/pizza shops. There are no large commercial buildings until you get right to 128.
Joe Veno March 19, 2012 at 01:52 AM
TedB, I agree they are much like Reading. But they also have large commercial buildings that are not on Rt.128 or Rt. 3a and are mixed in with residential.
M March 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
TedB - maybe Woburn is more the smells, but even Wikipedia calls Burlington an "industrial town". I there is light industrial mfg there (e.g., Conformis (med devices); scanning devices (photoelectric controls & sensors); Raytheon, etc). There are plenty of software companies, too (e.g., Nuance), but, still, where in Reading could even a modest new building to house a SW company with, say, 500 employees, go? Incidentally, Burlington's own town pages say that its population of about 24000 grows to 150,000 during the day. I can't see Reading able to handle that. As for commercial along 128 in Reading- 12 years ago, after capping town dump, we had our best shot w/ Jordan's, HomeDepot, etc. A-W site back when I moved here in 2000 was supposed to be Marriott..that got dropped, then lifestyle center of 500K ft of retail proposal came in around 2006, where town seemed divided-- abutters (full disclosure-I'm only few streets away) argued that 500K sq ft of retail & up to 20K cars/day was too much for a site w/1 way in & out, shipping docks abutting backyards, etc. We would have vastly vastly preferred a "light industrial" use like a Keurig campus, a health facility like Hallmark, a software company, etc., but there were no takers at the time & property owner seemed to think the lifestyle center was its best bet...next was mixed residential/commercial overlay around 2008 that town passed, but again, no takers...finally it went to all residential.
George March 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
This is another in a long line of failures by Reading to keep tuned in to what is going on with business. When they write the book the title will be "While Reading Slept". The next time a Selectman or the Town Manager have a regular meeting with a major local business will be the first time.

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