It's that time of the month again! Time for the Buckland Business Brief. It has been a crazy month of closings and openings. Two stores and one restaurant closed at the mall, but three stores and a juice bar are coming soon. A new restaurant and a new store opened at Evergreen; and another restaurant and store are coming soon. Lots of remodels are coming to the retail market soon too! This month I also included some Vernon business news! Take a look at the new logo; let me know if you like it in the comment section! Let's dive in to this month's news.
-Bertucci's at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills closed suddenly on 4/16/18. The chain files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and shuttered their Manchester location, along with other Connecticut locations in Orange and Southington.
-Urban Threadz has closed their Manchester store. The store was located in the former 'Francesca's' location at the mall.
-Sweet U Candies and Nuts has closed their mall kiosk. The candy store was located in front of Dick's in the atrium space.
-Misaki Japanese Buffet has closed in Manchester. The restaurant was located in the Big Y Plaza.
-K&G will reopen their local location this summer! See Vernon News below!
-Flatbread Company has opened their South Windsor location! The restaurant opened in the former 'Nix's' location at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk.
-Fix and More has opened at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk. They opened in the former 'The Limited' location.
-Mint Rags will open in the mall, its unknown where this store will open.
-Juicy J Juice Bar has announced that they will open their mall location this month!
-Vionic Shoes will open a store at Evergreen Walk! The store is locally owned by New Balance owner Michael Disibio. Vionic will open in the former Ten Thousand Villages location.
-Red Heat Tavern has announced the opening date for their South Windsor location as June 18th!
-Kumar's South Indian Village Cuisine will open in the former 'Misaki' location.
-Curly Star will open in the mall, I would assume that it's a hair salon that might replace, recently closed, C&C Unisex Health and Beauty.
-Construction is really heating up for At Home! The space has been completely gutted, all the older facades have been demolished, and the sign at the street has been installed!
-Construction on Trader Joe's has also began to increase. The front facade has been boarded up as the storefront is updated!
-Construction on Cost Plus World Market is also moving along, the front facade has been painted, brick installed, and the former Kaoud Rug's storefront has been demolished and sealed.
-Bed Bath and Beyond will remodel their Manchester store; permit for the renovation have been filed which says that departments will be shifted.
-LL Bean is in the process of remodeling their South Windsor store! Check it out!
-Construction on the interior of Topp DDog Daycare has officially started in the former Final Markdown location on Tolland Turnpike.
-Olive Garden recently completed a full remodel of their Manchester location; complete with new logo, new facade, and new decor!
-While snooping around on franchising websites, I saw that Cinnabon is looking for a franchisee for a location at 'The Shoppes at Buckland Hills,' Cinnabon recently announced that they will open a location at Westfarms.
Other Manchester News:
-CVS on North Main Street will be renovated. Replacing the checkout counters along with ADA improvements.
-Higher Ground Core has opened their Manchester location. The fitness/dance studio is located at 465 Buckland Hills Drive.
-Upstyle Hair and Makeup will open a new studio on Main Street! The studio will open next door to Silk City Antique.
-The Lucky Taco has added some outdoor dining to its Main Street restaurant! Check it out!
NEW! Vernon News:
-Construction for Wendy's will soon begin in Vernon! The building next door to Taco Bell is being prepped for demolition. A self storage facility and retail building will be build along with the Wendy's.
-It appear that K&G will reopen their local store in Vernon. I have reached out to both K&G and DLC Management for confirmation; neither have responded.
-Swiss Cleaners has renovated their Vernon Circle location. It remained open during the remodel.
-Big Shots Billiards has rebranded, its now known as Racks Billiards. Racks is located next door to O'Reilly Auto Parts.
Catch up on the past Buckland Business Brief here!
Please let me know in the comment section or email me at Buckland.Business.Brief@gmail.com if I missed anything, if you see a closing, or if you see a new store opening!
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Images from Olive Garden Company; Higher Ground Core; JLD Photos
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.