By Abby Proch
The town of Smithfield and Smithfield Foods have agreed to swap properties with one another.
The town and Smithfield Foods have traded the town’s 1.86-acre grass field between Food’s headquarters and The Smithfield Center for the V.W. Joyner property at 315 Main St., next to the Visitors Center.
The Smithfield Town Council held a public hearing on the property swap and approved it at its monthly meeting on Aug. 5.
The Joyner property includes a small building now occupied by “When Pigs Fly … Magic Happens,” and before that the town manger’s office, and stretch of sloping grass called Joyner Field.
The plot is just shy of one acre.