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On Connecticut farmland where tobacco once grew warehouses now sprout, powering a new economy of online sales and advanced logistics

By Stephen Singer, Published in the Hartford Courant, November 30, 2020

 

A warehouse under construction on Ellington Road in South Windsor is one of three in the area that includes Home Depot and Coca Cola centers. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

 

SOUTH WINDSOR — Warehouses are sprouting on Connecticut farmland where tobacco once grew, giving the state bragging rights to a retail economy transformed by digital technology, advanced logistics and the coronavirus pandemic.

In South Windsor on a recent weekday, an 18-wheeler heads to a Coca Cola sales center on Ellington Road where a Home Depot Distribution Center operates across the street and construction workers build a third warehouse nearby.

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