The much anticipated opening of an L. Knife & Sons Distribution center on Beecham Street in Everett, appears to finally be taking shape, as Mayoral Chief of Staff Melissa Murphy told the Board of Aldermen last week that the company had closed on its purchase of a property on Beecham Street and is in the process of preparing for operations.
“When we spoke with them they had already completed the design for the shelving they need and they were going to be looking for a contractor to install it,” Murphy told the board. “They expect to be in the building by mid-March.”
Murphy said the company has also begun advertising for some positions it will need on its website and will likely be able to add more job postings as they get closer to March.
L Knife & Sons, according to its website, is a premier distributor of beverages, including beer with 17 distribution operations providing statewide coverage in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
During the discussion about L. Knife’s operations in Everett, Alderman Robert Van Campen asked about the status of roadway improvements to Beecham Street, which are an important consideration for L. Knife, since they transport bottles by truck. Unfortunately, as was previously reported Everett’s application for a MassWorks Grant to complete needed roadway improvements was not approved.
According to Murphy, Mayor DeMaria is scheduled to meet with Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and Transportation Secretary Richard Davies, in an effort to get the grant reconsidered.
Murphy said the city has been told that some MassWorks awardees are not able to use all of their grant awards and the city is lobbying to have those funds re-allocated to Everett’s project.
“If that doesn’t happen, we’ll have to find another solution,” said Murphy.
Roadway and streetscape improvements for Beecham Street have already been fully designed for the city, but funding for the construction has not been secured.