Businesses Move Into Auburn

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Bentley Pub opened its doors in Auburn this past year.
Bentley Pub opened its doors in Auburn this past year. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – As some areas of the country struggle to recover from the economic recession, Town Manager Julie Jacobson said Auburn has done well, highlighted by the businesses that moved into Auburn in 2012.

A sampling of the recent economic development projects in town includes Bentley Pub, Hometown Bank and Bohler Uddeholm Corp., according to Jacobson.

Bentley Pub opened at the site of the former Picadilly Pub at 602 Southbridge St. in July. Bentley Pub offers a pub-style menu and serves both lunch and dinner seven days a week.

No stranger to the restaurant business or to Auburn, the owner of Bentley Pub, William Martin, was the original founder of the popular Picadilly Pub, which expanded to several locations in Central Massachusetts and ultimately was sold to a Canadian company. Martin remained the owner of the building in which Picadilly Pub was a tenant.

The new restaurant/pub has brought vitality once again to the property, which is in a key location with easy access to several major roadways and highways, Jacobson said.

Hometown Bank celebrated the opening of its new Auburn branch, its sixth location, in the Heritage Mall in September. Hometown Bank originated in Webster as Webster Cooperative Bank in 1889 and operated at that location for 100 years. The name was changed to Hometown Bank in the mid-1990s. The bank renovated and moved into the 3,000-square-foot vacant building at the Southbridge Street commercial plaza.

Bank officials reached out to the town prior to opening the facility to learn more about municipal and community priorities in order to identify possible partnerships. As a result, the bank donated $5,000 to the town of Auburn to sponsor the last two concerts of 2012’s Summer in the Park Concert Series and to sponsor additional concerts of the summer series in 2013.

Bohler-Uddeholm Corp. is the newest tenant in the Auburn Industrial Park on Sword Street. Bohler-Uddeholm is a global specialty-steel company with a focus on high-performance metals, precision strip, welding consumables and special forgings. The company has production sites in Austria, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Brazil and Mexico and heat- treatment operations in Asia and North America.

Bohler-Uddeholm’s sales subsidiaries operate in 47 countries with approximately 100,000 customers throughout the world. Its international customers include the automotive and automotive supplier industries, tool and machine-tool manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, consumer goods and electronics industries, wood and saw industries, textile and paper industries, steel and apparatus construction, power station and plant construction.

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I agree with the hit or miss. I have been there 2 times. First time food was good. 2nd time it was the worst I have eaten. Add higher than normal prices and I will stick to Applebees and Pub99.

Went there 2 weeks after they opened and were very disapointed. Food quality was poor for the money spent. $70 for three could be spent better somewhere else. At these prices, I will not be back.

It's been hit or miss for me...the service is always great but the food quality has been up and down. I love to support local businesses and will try them again.

Had a terrific dinner at Bentley Pub the other night, fabulous appetizers, unexpectedly large beer and wine selection, entrees were huge, delicious, and reasonably priced. Seemed much better than the old Piccadilly