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Which Box Store Would You Want in Proposed Village Center?

Please share your ideas in the comment section.

Before chain chose the former building in Nod Brook Mall as the site for its second Connecticut grocery store, did you know that the owners considered a site in Avon Park North that's part of the proposed Avon Village Center plan?

"They were not willing to wait for this site to be approved for development," Avon Town Planner Kushner said of the specialty grocer, which is having its grand opening on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.

While Kushner said the "intent is to have smaller-scale buildings that appropriately scaled for Avon Center," he said Thursday that there is a 25,000-square-foot building on the conceptual plan near the intersection of Climax Road and Route 44.

He told the Town Council Thursday that the idea was to have a "box" business to anchor the center and draw customers. He compared the concept to the Kohl's located in Canton's Shoppes at the Farmington Valley.

There will be a public hearing Feb. 14 during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting for Ensign Bickford's village center master plan and requested change to a Village Center Zone. Kushner said he expects the commission to pass it unanimously, though it's not definite they'll vote at that meeting.

If the final plans do include a larger building, as the conceptual map reflects now, what type of business would you want to go there? Is there a particular box store you would like to see? What do you think would "anchor" the center and draw people to it?

Do you think a box store would fit with the village center development plans?

jeff grindrod February 05, 2012 at 09:42 PM
A couple of thoughts: 1) As many other people have written above, do we really need another big box or major retail at all. We have two good grocery stores, WalMart, Riverdale Farms, Old Avon Village, many local retailers, chain retailers as well as many empty spaces. What Avon does not have is much in the way of entertainment. As Susan Bruno mentions above, a theater space would be nice. A restaurant that is large enough to have indoor/patio entertainment, a microbrewery or sports bar that would add to nightlife beyond just a restaurant. 2)If you must do a lare store, do it with class - not like the recent addition of the abomination called the Hartford Medical Group – that was totally out of touch with the other recent additions to Main Street. Make sure aesthetically fits in.
Kelley Lanahan February 05, 2012 at 09:50 PM
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Jennifer Sides February 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Trader Joe's
Patrice Warren February 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
More retail means more taxable income for Avon and, perhaps, residents will not have their real estate tax increased. I am all for that. Maybe I am in the minority, but I would like to see a Target store -- right now I go to Torrington to do much of my shopping. It would be nice if Target would agree to pare down their usual logo and make the exterior more esthetically pleasing so that it fits in with the village theme. McDonalds did this when the Stop & Shop plaza was first built in Unionville -- so we know it can be done.
MBG February 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
DSW, HomeGoods, Target, Trader Joe's ( Fresh Market made a huge mistake by building such a SMALL store.)

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