Company is combining headquarters and technology lab at Normandy's 300 Baker Ave. complex in Concord.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
In one of the larger headquarter relocations in suburban Boston in the last few years, Welch’s and Normandy Real Estate Partners announced Tuesday an 85,000-square-foot, 12-and-a-half-year lease partnership for 300 Baker Ave. in Concord. The move represents Welch’s historical link to Concord, the namesake of the key ingredient in the company’s signature grape products. At the new location, Welch’s will merge its headquarters facility, currently located at 575 Virginia Road in Concord, and technology center, currently located at 749 Middlesex Turnpike in Billerica. “We are excited to maintain our headquarters in Concord, birthplace of the delicious and healthy grape we use to make our famous juices, jams and jellies,” said Brad Irwin, …
This little cottage is where the historic Concord grape first grew.
The house that grapes built. Grapevine Cottage on 491 Lexington Road, once owned and operated by the great grape cultivator, Ephraim Wales Bull (1806-1895), still stands as one of Concord great testaments to it's storied history. What was so innovative about this particular grape? The Concord Grape is a particularly strong plant with an extra tart and therefore distinct taste. Strains in Europe, which were winter crops in the warmer climates of places like France and Spain, couldn't survive when brought to North American shores due to the chill. The Concord Grape was the first grape to be successful cultivated in these frigid northeastern weathers and led to hundreds of other strands nationwide. The Concord Grape was first unveiled to the …