-Things Remembered will close their Manchester location at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills. The store has been located there for over 15 years. The store is currently on sale, 50-80% off.
-Crazy 8s will close their Buckland location. The store is currently on sale. Their parent company, Gymboree filed for bankruptcy early this year.
-Express has closed their locations at Buckland Hills, but will return with a new concept later this week.
-Go Calendars and Games has closed their temporary store in the former Rue21.
-Remix, a custom clothing shop, closed their Buckland Hills location, the store was located near Sears.
-Team Spirit, a sport memorabilia store, also closed their Buckland Hills location.
-Hometown Buffet has closed their Manchester buffet, read more here.
-Brick Swap USA will open a permanent store at Buckland Hills. Brick Swap USA was located in the former Sweet U kiosk; but will take permanent residence in the former Belden/Lego Pop-Up near JC Penney.
-Express Factory and Express Factory Men will open in the former home of Express and Express Men. The store is receiving a renovation, new signage, and new fixtures to accommodate the new outlet format.
-Orange Theory Fitness will be opening in the other half of the former Alfred Angelo Bridal space; the other half is home to Jersey Mike's.
Other Buckland News:
-The Pool Factory in Burr Corners has been rebranded to Buckland Billiards and Bar.
-BonChon, located in The Plaza at Buckland Hills, is currently up for sale. The business is listed on BizBuySell and is still open.
-Wetzel's Pretzels has upgraded their pretzel kiosk near Macy's! The new kiosk is more professional and futuristic.
-Charlotte Russe filed for bankruptcy early last week. The Manchester location was not listed on the closing list, but the company stresses that if a buyer is not found the chain could be liquidated.
-Sears has been purchased by former CEO and current chairman, Edward Lampert, for nearly $5.2 Billion. They plan more store closures in the immediate future to get the company to a profitable size.
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.