The Shoppes at Buckland Hills has recently welcome many new businesses to their mall, the stores range from a beauty supply store, a trampoline-based attractions, a toy store, and a national building block toy store! The mall will also welcome a new coffee shop!
The mall welcomed Curly Star later last month; The store sells a variety of beauty shop products ranging from wigs to weaves, to curlers. The store is located on the upper level next to Hallmark. Curly Star is about 2,500 square feet, and was formerly home to Foot Locker and Bag It! Boutique.
A recent addition to the mall's roster of attractions is FUN4ALL, a bungee trampoline, which has been set up in the atrium space in front of Dick's Sporting Good. The trampoline will be open through the holidays. FUN4ALL joins many entertainment options at Buckland including Funny Bone (a comedy club), All in Adventure (an escape room), Build a Bear (build your own stuffed animal), and Dave & Buster's (an arcade restaurant.)
A new toy store has opened their doors at the mall. Goofy Turtle has opened on the first floor near Macy's. The store was formerly home to FYE, which closed earlier this year. Goofy Turtle features a 'play-before-you-pay' concept in which you can play with a toy before deciding whether to purchase it.
LEGO has opened a seasonal pop-up in Buckland Hills. The store will last through the holidays before closing. This is part of a new pop-up concept pioneered by LEGO to collect market share after Toys R Us bankruptcy earlier this year. LEGO opened in a small space on the first floor near JC Penney which was formerly home to Belden's Jewelers.
Another recent addition is 208 Foot Spa. The spa opened last month in the former Best Buy Mobile space. The spa provides massages at rates of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 1 hour time periods. Best Buy Mobile closed in May when the chain was killed off by parent company Best Buy.
Go Calendar and Games has taken their seasonal perch in the former Rue21 space on the second floor near Macy's. The store opened in late September and will be open through the Christmas season. The chain of toy stores sell board games, stuffed animals, small toys, along with calendars. Rue21 closed in 2017 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Ziya Men's Clothing will open a store inside The Shoppes at Buckland Hills. Ziya has two locations in Connecticut, one location in Waterbury, and a second location at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. It's unclear if Ziya will close their Evergreen location after the Buckland location opens. Ziya is currently located next to Brooks Brothers, in a space formerly home to Ann Taylor. Ziya moved to this location last year from the former Ten Thousand Village location; Ziya moved to accommodate New England's first Vionic shoe store.
Coming soon to the former Teavana space is Massachusetts-based 'Mocha Emporium.' The coffee shop should be open before Christmas according to a person close to the matter. The coffee shop has locations in Holyoke, Springfield, and Hadley. Mocha Emporium replaces Teavana, which closed early this year when Starbucks closed all remaining Teavana locations.
Another new business coming to Buckland Hills is BJ's Brewhouse which will be constructed on the outskirts of The Shoppes at Buckland Hills. The restaurant will be build on a tract of land adjacent to Red Robin/Long Horn. Currently the land is used for overflow parking, and is the staging area for mall snow crews in the winter.
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Jean-Luc has written articles for the past year about Manchester Business.