-Mix Box has closed their Manchester accessories boutique. The shop was located next to Garage on the first floor.
-Under $5 has closed their variety store on the second level near Macy's.
-Payless will permanently close their Buckland location on June 16th. The entire store is 50-80% off.
-Plaza Azteca has closed their Slater Street location; but has rebranded and opened at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills as Toro Azteca.
-DressBarn (aka Roz & Ali) will close their Plaza at Buckland Hills store by the end of the year. DressBarn is winding down their operations at all locations.
-Toro Azteca had their official grand opening on Monday, June 10th. The Mexican restaurant is a spinoff restaurant of the Plaza Azteca group. Plaza Azteca's Manchester location rebranded to the Toro Azteca name after moving from their Hale Road/Slater Street location.
-The former Plaza Azteca space won't be vacant for long! A new restaurant has leased the former Plaza Azteca space named Fontera Grill according to a leasing brochure released by Brixmor. However we believe this to be a typo with the actual name being Frontera Grill, a Mexican restaurant. Frontera Grill has two locations, one in Chicopee, Mass and one in Springfield, Mass.
-Kid's Klubhouse is coming soon to the Buckland Hills Mall! It unknown what Kid's Klubhouse will be, but Fun4All, a trampoline/bungee cord attraction in front of Dick's, has been rebranded under the Kid's Klubhouse name as well! Kid's Klubhouse will open in the space formerly home to Remix, which closed earlier this year.
-Bloodlines Tattoos will open a location in the mall, its still unknown at this time where the shop will be located.
-Another new tenant coming to the mall is Ava, its listed on the mall's website as coming soon! Its unknown where or what the store will sell. Emails to the mall manager were not returned.
-My Way, a new food court restaurant, opened earlier this month. The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches. The restaurant is located in the last booth near the carousel.
-Smoothie Naturale opened their new smoothie bar in the former Dairy Queen/Hardcore Sweetz location. Smoothie Naturale sells a variety of smoothies, shakes, and other healthy drink alternatives.
-Collectibles and Cards is coming soon to the mall! The shop will sell a variety of trading cards, baseball cards, and collectibles! The location for the shop is unknown.
-Charlotte Russe will also be making their return to Buckland Hills later this year. They will reopen in their former location in the mall.
-Work is progressing on Marshalls and K&G Fashion Superstore, both coming soon to The Plaza at Buckland Hills. The facades are nearly completely framed; while the interiors are being constructed.
South Windsor News:
-Hannoush Jewelers is nearing completion on their new location at Buckland Commons! Hannoush will join People's United Bank in their own two-story building.
-Chase Bank will construct a bank branch next door to M&R Liquours. The building will have a stone accent and will be the same height as M&R.
-Renderings have been released for a redevelopment of Geissler's Plaza. The plan includes apartments, renovated retail, and a lot of green space.
-We have received more third party confirmation of Aldi coming to South Windsor! Once Aldi confirms, we will update with a complete story!
-Construction has started on a project at the Center Square at Evergreen Walk. The firepit and patio has been removed in front of Ben & Jerry's. According to building permits, the landscaping and hardscape was removed and will be replaced with a stage. More information regarding the project will be released soon according to Nicole Powell of Poag, the manager of Evergreen Walk.
-Costco is planning a South Windsor store, the store will require $2-3 million in site work before any construction can start. The store will also feature a gas station for Costco members.
-Construction on Cambria Suites is progressing. The exterior is completely framed.
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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.