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New England Flower Exchange opens its doors in Chelsea

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Meg Taylor and Barbara Popolow chatted Wednesday at the New England Flower Exchange.

Spring is in the air in Chelsea as the former Boston Flower Exchange officially opened in its new location on 2nd Street, ending a 45-year run at its old warehouse in the South End. The wholesale flower cooperative has renamed itself the New England Flower Exchange, with 10 vendors moving to the 65,000-square-foot facility.

Natural light pouring from skylights and new LED lighting makes the warehouse look “clean and cheery,” said Meg Taylor, who stocked up on delphiniums, tulips and orchids for Anderson’s Florist in Arlington.

“It was great to see everybody still together,” Taylor said. “They had all of those beautiful flowers there, and everybody was so upbeat and happy that it finally happened.”

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The South End site was purchased by the Abbey Group, which has extensive plans to redevelop it.

CHELSEA, MA - 3/01/2017:Overall view looking towards entrance... All the goings on at the new located New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea on the first official day of business. The vendors were forced to move out of the former Boston Flower Exchange in the South End after it was sold to a developer and will now continue operations in a new warehouse in Chelsea. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 02flowerexchange
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The renamed New England Flower Exchange has moved to Chelsea.

CHELSEA, MA - 3/01/2017: Flowers from Carbone wholesale florist & floral supplies being ready. All the goings on at the new located New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea on the first official day of business. The vendors were forced to move out of the former Boston Flower Exchange in the South End after it was sold to a developer and will now continue operations in a new warehouse in Chelsea. (Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 02flowerexchange
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Wednesday was the first day of business.

CHELSEA, MA - 3/01/2017: Buyer Michele Bernard (cq one L ) shopping for her flower shop on Newbury Street Boston. All the goings on at the new located New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea on the first official day of business. The vendors were forced to move out of the former Boston Flower Exchange in the South End after it was sold to a developer and will now continue operations in a new warehouse in Chelsea. ( Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 02flowerexchange
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Michele Bernard shopped for her flower shop on Newbury Street.

CHELSEA, MA - 3/01/2017: Flowers being moved by the entrance. All the goings on at the new located New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea on the first official day of business. The vendors were forced to move out of the former Boston Flower Exchange in the South End after it was sold to a developer and will now continue operations in a new warehouse in Chelsea. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 02flowerexchange
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A worker brought flowers into the complex.

CHELSEA, MA - 3/01/2017: A buyer looks over some flowers. All the goings on at the new located New England Flower Exchange in Chelsea on the first official day of business. The vendors were forced to move out of the former Boston Flower Exchange in the South End after it was sold to a developer and will now continue operations in a new warehouse in Chelsea. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 02flowerexchange
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A buyer looked over flowers.

Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.