This is a very special version of the Buckland Business Brief. One year ago I started writing the 'Buckland Area Retail Recap' the predecessor of Buckland Business Brief. I am also very excited to announce the pending launch of the new website! TheManchesterScoop.com!
-Lego has closed their Buckland Hills pop up location, the store was open for the holidays in the former Belden's Jewelry locations near JC Penney.
-Cool Stones Hot Rock has closed their kiosk at Buckland Hills Mall, the store was located in front of Barnes & Noble.
-Toy City has closed their pop up toy store inside of the former Toys R Us in The Plaza at Buckland Hills.
-Land's End is closing their location inside of Sears in Manchester. Land's End was once owned by Sears, but was spun-off, the closure represent Land's End shift to their own storefronts. The store will permanently close January 19th.
-Fanzone has closed their seasonal Buckland mall location.
-The Marines have closed their recruitment location at the mall.
-Burger IM has opened their Deming Street location! The slider restaurant opened next door to Verizon and Panera in IHOP plaza.
-Mocha Emporium officially opened their location inside the Buckland Hills Mall. The coffee shop is located in the former Teavana location.
-Construction has officially started on BJ's Brewhouse! The restaurant will open early this spring across from Long Horn.
-OrangeTheory Fitness has started build-out work for their 'Plaza at Buckland Hills' location. The gym will be located next to the newly opened Jersey Mike's.
-Studio Eats has opened at Cinemark Manchester (Formerly Rave Motion Pictures), The restaurant and bar replaced the generic bar.
-Express in the mall will be converted into Express Factory, the outlet version of Express. The opening will be February 14th, 2019.
Other Buckland News:
-Sears in Manchester has averted yet another wave of closures by the struggling chain. Sears announced another 80 store closures on December 28th, including the Vernon Kmart. The fate of the entire chain is to be decided January 14th.
-A massive fight broke out at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills on December 26th, this mirror a similar fight that happened exactly two years to the day. The fight was thought to have been planned on social media, and was followed by an increase in security and heightened security policy.
-I have received some news of a new restaurant coming to Buckland Hills Mall from a credible source; but the parent company has not confirmed the story, once I get secondary confirmation a full article will be released with all the details! Be on the lookout for the news!
-Rave Motion PIctures has been rebranded to Cinemark Movie Theaters, Cinemark is the parent company of Rave; and upon completion of a major renovation the brand was changed.
Shameless Dairy Queen Plug:
-On Saturday January 19th, Dairy Queen on Hartford Road will host Customer Appreciation Day from 10am to 5pm. Everything in the store will be 50% off! (Some exclusions, like $6 and $7 lunches apply, cannot be combined with other offers.)
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.