-Save A Lot on Broad Street has announced their pending closure on June 1st, 2019. The store is located in the former Shaw's Supermarket. The store opened in 2011 after Shaw's closed their Connecticut location. No news yet on whether another store will take over the space or the adjacent vacant spaces.
-Payless Shoesource has officially closed their store at the Manchester Parakde. The store closed last month after a short store liquidation.
-Sean's Fine Jewelry will close their Main Street store by the end of June. The owners of the store previously owned 41 Closets, which closed last year.
-Cavey's has closed their restaurant, the restaurant has been purchased by Geno Auriemma, and he plans on opening another restaurant of his own in the space. Auriemma has been a patron of Cavey's for years leading up to their closure.
-The Adams Mill officially closed late last month. That restaurant was purchased by Eli Restaurant Group. Eli Restaurant Group is planning on opening their own restaurant in the space after renovations.
-Dress Barn will close their Roz & Ali store located at The Plaza at Buckland Hills later this year.
-Parable Brewing Company has closed their Manchester brewery. Their building had been sold; and they were unable to move to a new location at the time.
-Soarin' Indoors has closed their Manchester recreational center. They were located next door to Parable.
-Los Sarapes on Main Street has officially changed their name to Mexico Lindo! New signage has been installed.
-A new sports bar and restaurant will open in the Parkade. Negril Sports Bar & Restaurant will open in a vacant space in the 'L' of the plaza.
-A new brewery, Urban Lodge (formerly White Porch) will open this summer on Purnell Place!
-Blue Moon Mediterranean Grille has opened next door to their Hookah bar, Blue Moon Hookah! The restaurant is located in Ollies Plaza on Broad Street.
-The owner of Vernon Auto Sales (Hairam Ventures LLC) is attempting to get approval to open a used car dealership at the former Backroads Bar & Grill on Spencer Street.
-The Subway at 288 Center Street has a new owner. The new owner will continue to use Subway branding.
-Antonio's Pizza on Main Street will move to a new location! Antonio's has purchased the former Fani's Kitchen near Webster bank. The restaurant is expected to open later this summer.
-The owners of Shoprite in Manchester, The Cohen Family/Waverly Markets, will open a new Shoprite in Vernon! The new grocery store will take over the former Price Chopper space later this year with a targeted opening of late fall/early winter. The Pharmacy will remain open during the renovations.
-All Star Liquors is moving from their Deming Street location to the former Thiele Chiropractor office on West Center Street!
-Work on the new Subway on Spencer Street is progressing, the restaurant is now sporting the new logo and branding for new concept stores.
-Members of Planet Fitness/Cardio Express may have noticed more members at both Manchester locations recently; this was due to the temporary closure of the Vernon location. The Vernon location has been receiving a major renovation; and had been closed until the 24th.
-Plaza Azteca has officially announced their pending move into The Shoppes at Buckland Hills under the new name Toro Azteca! We recently reported that both Plaza Azteca and Toro Azteca would operate at the same time, and at the time that was the information given to us by Plaza Azteca. Their Hale Street/Slater Street location will close once the new mall location is open.
-Kimlar Developers is attempting to build 32 new residential units at 699 Middle Turnpike East, the units would be in 6 separate buildings located in the parking lot of the State's office building. The parking for the State's office would be reconfigured to allow the buildings. The proposed housing is up for approval tomorrow, May 29th, in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
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Another announcement 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!
Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.