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Petri Baking will not return to Silver Creek. Instead, a new warehouse and distribution center is planned.

A new warehouse and distribution center is coming to Silver Creek, but the announcement also means a cookie business that was supposed to return won’t.

At the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency meeting on Tuesday, it was announced that Xmas Dave, LLC will move into the building at 18 Main St., Silver Creek, where the former Petri Baking Company was located.

Kristine Morabito, project manager with IDA County, spoke about the new company. Xmas Dave LLC is owned by Dave Gordon of Erie County, NY. The building is a 130,000 square foot facility that he plans to renovate.

The renovation is expected to create five construction jobs. When completed, the company is expected to have six full-time positions, ranging in salary from $30,000 to $50,000 plus benefits.

Morabito said Xmas Dave LLC will own and operate the facility as a warehousing distribution center for the company’s websites: christmas.com, christmascentral.com and as a fulfillment center for customers. which include major retailers. She declined to identify who the retailers were.

According to Morabito, Xmas Dave LLC has already purchased the building and hopes to begin improvement construction as soon as possible with a goal to complete by June 2023.

The building was owned by a regional warehouse distribution and storage company with a part-time property manager. “It’s been going on for 10 years now, so there will be a lot more activity, a lot more jobs downtown,” said Morabito.

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In May 2020, IDA announced that Petri Baking planned to return to this facility. Petri Baking had been in Silver Creek for several years before closing shop in 2013. When it was first noted that Petri Baking would be returning, the announcement was universally welcomed, saying around 40 new jobs would be created as a result .

On Tuesday, County IDA Director Mark Geise explained why they did not return.

“In 2020, (former Petri Baking president Anthony Habib) was here to announce his intention to buy the building, reopen it and make cookies again,” he said. “We worked with him. We provided a lot of technical support. We lined them up with state aid. We have approved the IDA incentives. He was sort of at the 5-yard line ready to hit it, and that’s about when COVID hit. Because of that and because of supply chain issues, he was concerned about labor etc, it delayed things and then he just decided to end it.

Geise thinks Gordon will be a good owner. “It is very well established” he said. “He has a successful business in Western New York. He will distribute it to the warehouse. We think this is a good result for the establishment. He’s going to invest in it and save this building.

The project benefits from a sales tax reduction. Lawyer Milian Tyler said no action was required from the IDA board due to the small size of the project.



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