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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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14 BUSINESS NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION ing to take over the former Major Electric building at 111 High St., across from Pawtucket City Hall. They are seeking a five-year tax sta- bilization agreement from the city to help finance the $1.48 million project. The owners are heralding at least 52 new jobs, including 40 baking and food preparation professionals and 12 members of the corporate management team, and are also say- ing they plan to eventually open a Seven Stars café at this location. Bill Daugherty, of Rivard Partners III LLC, told The Breeze this week that he and his wife purchased Seven Stars about 14 months ago with the intention of growing it right away. Former owners Jim and Lynn Williams were looking for just the right owners to take the company to new heights and didn't want to sell to some big corporate food company, he said. He and his wife, longtime fans of the bakery, had some busi- ness experience and were looking for a company that fit their goals. They said they're looking forward to being "part of the resurgence of Pawtucket," and are very familiar with all of the positive signs in the city. They pointed to a coming new commuter rail station and a planned new sports development, among other positive signs. The company has had its baking operations inside Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village for some time, he said, but this represents the next chapter where the facility will be much more visible to the public and can accommodate responsible growth. The former owners hadn't opened a new café in a decade, said the Daughertys, and really saw the potential for growth. The new own- ers recently opened their first new café in Cranston, he said. Expansion in Pawtucket is not a done deal yet, said Bill, though he and his wife are optimistic that they'll overcome all remaining hurdles to get this project done, including a requested tax agreement from the city. Seven Stars has always been known for its commitment to the communi- ties it does business in, giving back whenever possible, said Daugherty, and has become a well-known meet- ing spot for many thousands of Rhode Islanders. Tracy said there's a lot to be said for a community to simply be able to point to a Seven Stars location in terms of economic development and overall reputation. Bill said it was humbling during their tour of various communities to hear many leaders speak of what a Seven Stars bakery would mean in terms of jumpstarting economic development in the sur- rounding area. "It's a special Rhode Island com- pany," he said. Many people want to visit the bak- ery for any number of reasons, Tracy said, and there are many opportuni- ties to make this location a tourist spot, whether it's bringing in people who simply love the company's products or those in the business who wants to see its unique flour milling process or other production aspects of the company. Bill commended Pawtucket officials for remaining aggressive in their pur- suit of a location that would fit the company's needs, despite the compa- ny at one point narrowing its search to locations outside of Pawtucket. He said there was some healthy push- back from the city on the company's initial request for tax relief, but the sides were able to come together on what both sides expect to be a "win- win" for everyone. The Daughertys, of Barrington, said Seven Stars takes pride in being approachable and accepting. SEVEN STARS From Page One Loaves of bread are ready to bake in the current SEVEN STARS BAKERY space at the Hope Artiste Village. Owners are planning a major expansion in Pawtucket's downtown. Continues on next page Holiday Spirit 299 PROMENADE ST. PROVIDENCE, RI PHONE 401.335.8242 STORE HOURS weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1947 – 2019 Join us for our Christmas Open House TAKE 20% OFF Friday, November 22 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 830 Cumberland Hill Rd., Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 769-8128 TAKE TAKE Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free Thanksgiving Meal Open tO the public Including Veterans and families from the community Thursday, November 28 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Howard Rogers American Legion Post #25 25 McCallum Ave., Pawtucket, RI Please call 401-724-8732 to RSVP Volunteers needed for meal prep, set up and clean up Donations of food and money being accepted to help make this event a success (401) 76PAINT (401) 765-3128 900 Victory Highway, Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call us for an In-home color and/or design consultation. Consultation Services Include • Color Selection • Organization & Space Planning • Home Fixtures & Furnishings • Building Products & Materials Call to schedule an appointment today. Village Paint & Decorating

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