-Planet Fitness at The Plaza at Burr Corner officially closed their doors on July 10th. The chain consolidated their two Manchester location into the Parkade location. The Parkade location opened earlier this year when Planet Fitness bought out local chain Cardio Express. Members of the gym were transferred to the Parkade location, or had the option to switch to the Vernon location.
-Dress Barn / Roz & Ali are currently conducting their 'Last Summer Sale' this is part of the closing of the chain; the chain will close all their remaining location by this winter.
-Payless officially closed their Buckland Hills location. The store closed with the rest of the chain.
-Charming Charlies will close their remaining 269 location by the end of August. The chain filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, and had filed for bankruptcy last year.
-Flooring and Kitchens Today has closed their Hale Street/Slater Street showroom. The showroom was located next door to DSW.
-All Star Liquors has officially closed their Deming Street store. The store was located next to AT&T; the store moved to a new location in the former Thiele Chiroprator space on West Center Street.
-Bloodlines Tattooing has opened their new tattooing studio inside of the Buckland Hills Mall. The studio is located in the former C&C Unisex Salon.
-Toro Azteca officially opened their location at the mall. The restaurant, formerly known as Plaza Azteca, moved from their Slater Street location.
-Frontera Tacos & Tequila will open in the former Plaza Azteca location on Slater Street! The Mexican restaurant has location in Massachusetts and New York.
-BJ's Brewhouse will open their new Manchester location on July 22nd! The restaurant was constructed in a vacant parking lot near Red Robin!
-Construction is ramping up on the future home of Marshalls and K&G Fashion Superstore! The two stores will occupy the former Toys R Us space at The Plaza at Buckland Hills. The storefronts are now nearing completion, with an aimed opening in October; however they should be completed by late summer, early fall at this rate of construction.
-Collectibles and Cards will open their store in the former Abercrombie & Fitch at the Buckland Hills Mall. The store was most recently occupied by Team Spirit.
-Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy, a CBD store, has opened a temporary kiosk in the former Sweet U space. A permanent kiosk is under construction in front of JC Penney.
-Kids Klubhouse has opened their kids play area inside the Buckland Hills Mall. The store is located in the former Remix space near Sears.
South Windsor News:
Hammer & Stain, a MUSE Paint Bar-style studio, will open a location in South Windsor this fall. The chain of studios has 32 locations throughout the country. The studio will be located on Sullivan Avenue, the exact location is not being released at this time.
-A new distribution center is proposed for 360 Ellington Road. The 420,000 square foot warehouse would be owned by Scannell Properties and would be located across from the new Coca Cola warehouse.
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.