-Rose Beauty Nail on Spencer Street has closed.
-Adams Mill will close on April 28th, the restaurant has been sold and will reopen after renovations.
-Fani's Kitchen on Main Street has closed. The restaurant is on the market.
-Parable Brewing Company will close their North Main Street brewery next month. The brewery is being kicked out of their building after the building was sold to an electric company. The Brewery is looking into relocating; but is attempting to sell their brewing equipment.
-Payless Shoes at the Manchester Parkade is closing. The store is currently 30-50% off.
-Shoprite is currently celebrating their Grand Reopening! The store has been completely renovated including a new facade.
-A new fish restaurant will open at the Parkade! The restaurant will open in the corner of the 'L' shape. The space has been vacant for years, once being home to a McDonald's Express, and was once home Three Penny Pub.
-Guntur Mirchi will open in the former Augie's location on Spencer Street. The new restaurant is doing renovations to the space.
-Subway will open next door to Popeye's on Spencer Street. The signs are being installed, sporting the chain new logo.
-Jackson Hewitt has opened an office in BJ's plaza, the tax office opened in a former tanning salon.
-Lynch Mitsubishi has opened a dealership next door to their Lynch Toyota dealership! The new dealership shares the space with Lynch's used car department. The building was once home to Morande Mercury and Lincoln. Manchester had a Mitsubishi dealership down the road, now home to Suburban Subaru, but closed during the recession.
-Eli's Restaurant Group has purchased the Adams Mill in Manchester. The restaurant will receive a major renovation to turn the former mill into a Gastro-Pub.
-The Munch Wagon ( a food trailer) has moved from their former location at the BP near Big Y, to M&R Liquors.
-A new Mexican-themed restaurant will open at the Buckland Hills Mall! Toro Azteca will open in the former Bertucci's location.
Other Manchester News!
-Developers for the former Parkade took a tour of the land last week. This is the first step in the redevelopment of the site.
-Mazda of Manchester is seeking to expand their Manchester showroom. The expansion will also feature a new facade design to match other Mazda dealerships.
-Soarin' Indoors is being kicked out of their Manchester building. Like their neighbor Parable Brewing Company, their building was sold and the new owner wants to use the building. The indoor adventure park is looking at relocating their facility to another building.
-Mulberry Street Pizza is opening a take-out location in Glastonbury! First reported by 'The Scoop Glastonbury', the take-out location will take the place of The Spicy Greenbean, which moved to another location.
-Wooster Street Pizza has a new owner! The pizza shop was sold to their longtime employee Staci Serrao. The pizza shop recently added a craft bar to their offerings.
-Sears has sold their Manchester building for $10.4 million, the store will remain open.
-Raymour and Flanigan has gotten town approval for the expansion of nearly 200,000 square feet to their Manchester warehouse of Chapel Road.
-A major big box retailer at a Manchester plaza is planning a move to The Plaza at Buckland Hills! An announcement will be coming soon!
-The new summer blizzard menu has landed at Dairy Queen! Fan favorites have returned like Summerberry Cheesecake and Cotton Candy! Don't forget to try the new Cupfections, available in either Oreo Brownie or Summerberry Cake! Orange Dreamsicle dip has arrived as well!
A few announcements this month; as some of you may know I am an architecture student at University of Hartford. I am working on potentially opening an architecture gallery on either a permanent or temporary basis. I was reading an article about a new art gallery in Hartford having vacant retail space donated to them until a new tenant is found; and figured I would see if any property owners in Manchester would be interested in a similar partnership? Please email me at Buckland.Business.Brief@gmail.com!
Another quick announcement, I am splitting the Manchester & Vernon Business Buzz into two separate article series branded under the 'Business Brief' header. Article series include Buckland Business Brief, Manchester Business Brief, and Vernon Business Brief. Official dates of release will be set with a tentative date being the 12th for the BBB, the 28th for the MBB, and the 2nd for the VBB.
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.