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July 8, 2024

Mass. buyer pays $31.6M for South Windsor food processing building

COSTAR Carla's Pasta's 153,246-square-foot food production plant, at 50 Talbot Lane and 280 Nutmeg Road in South Windsor.

Massachusetts-based Home Market Foods paid $31.6 million for the former Carla’s Pasta production facility on nearly 20 acres of land in South Windsor in a sale recorded Friday.

Home Market Foods announced the purchase of 50 Talbot Lane earlier in the week, as well as plans to invest more than $70 million to expand the site over the next several years, resulting in hundreds of new jobs.

Portions of the existing 153,246-square-foot building were completed in 2000 and 2018. The building features a mix of concrete and prefinished metal siding, with 30-foot wall heights.

The buyer is a food manufacturer and distributor operating across North America. The company makes frozen meatballs, hot dogs and other foods sold in convenience stores and movie theaters. It had weighed the South Windsor purchase for several months.

The property last sold for $13 million in 2021. It was listed for sale in late 2023.

The Massachusetts buyer said it plans to build a 28,000-square-foot addition over 18 months. The building is expected to reopen in June 2025, the company said. By the end of 2027, Home Market Foods expects 210 new jobs created to operate the facility.

In May, quasi-public agency CT Innovations approved a tax incentive for Home Market Foods’ expansion valued at up to $700,000.

The parent company of Carla’s Pasta, Tribe 9 Foods, acquired Carla’s through a bankruptcy auction in 2021. Carla's Pasta filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2021, citing tens of millions of dollars in debt and the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its sales.

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