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Friday, May 22, 2015

Comings & Goings: Peachwave Yogurt Closes Image
The latest frozen yogurt casualty in Westport is Peachwave, 170 Post Road West. It has closed after less than two years in business, according to an employee at its Norwalk store, 235 Main Ave. A sign at the entrance of the Westport location says “this location is closed for the season.” Peachwave opened in Westport in June 2013. Other recent Westport frozen yogurt closings include Froyoworld, 361 Post Road West in November 2014 after two years in business, and Pinkberry, 113 Post Road East, in June 2014 after less than 18 months in business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, May 18, 2015

44 Main St. Sells for $22.5 Million Image
The building at 44 Main St. has changed hands for $22.5 million. The 22,873-square feet, three-story building, built in 1909 on a .23-acre property is the home of Banana Republic on the first floor and The Nail Spa on the second floor. The buyer is an affiliate of Westport-based Paragon realty Group in a partnership with Clarion Partners. The seller was 44 Main Street, Inc. Franco Fellah of the HK Group, the broker involved in the transaction, said, “There’s buying frenzy in Westport. All Westport properties represent a strong investment market.” The Klein family owned the building for decades and operated their retail store on two floors for many years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bill Mitchell Honored for 50 Years at Mitchells Image
Westport’s Bill Mitchell points out something today as he was honored for his 50 years at the widely known family clothing business, Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road East. First Selectman Jim Marpe presented him with a proclamation and there were additional honors from state legislators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, May 11, 2015

All Gone: Geiger’s Garden Center Image
Demolition of Geiger’s Garden Center, 1135 Post Road East, was virtually complete today. A landmark, family-owned business at the 2.5-acre property since 1953, Geiger’s has been sold to make way for redevelopment to include 12 housing units, including two affordable, as well as a bank in the front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Comings & Goings: Executive Real Estate Opening Image
The competitive Westport real estate market will soon have another entry with Glastonbury-based Executive Real Estate opening this month at 722 Post Road East. Manager Andy Machnicz of Naugatuck said the business, which has offices in Glastonbury, Old Saybrook and Clinton, is family-owned and was started by Glastonbury resident Amy Rio about 10 years ago. He said it fields 60 agents. Machnicz said the Westport office will have five or six agents. It opens in space previously occupied by Grilled Cheese Eatery, which closed in December after eight months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Comings & Goings: People’s United Bank Closing Branch Image
The People’s United Bank branch, 1790 Post Road East, will close on May 29.  Branch Manager Mike Fabrizi said there are nine other People’s United branches in a 10-mile radius, including one inside Stop & Shop, which is about 300 feet away. He said, in addition to the two branches on Post Road East, there is a branch at the corner of Compo Road North and Post Road East as well as one in White Birch Plaza, Post Road West near Whole Foods.  According to Fabrizi, branch manager since 2013, in the 1970s when his branch opened, it was the 10th in the Bridgeport-based People’s United Bank expansion. Now, he said, there are more than 400 branches from Maine to New York. He said the six employees in his branch will be reassigned.  “People’s United is a great bank to work with,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Comings & Goings: Bogey’s Reopens in Norwalk Image
The popular Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room, formerly located at 323 Main St., Westport until it closed in August 2011 after 17 years (see WestportNow Sept. 9, 2011) has reopened in Norwalk at 2 Wilton Ave. at the intersection of Cross Street, near Cablevision’s main office. According to James Stablein, (r), co-owner with his brother John, “The new location retains the golf motif atmosphere with an early American, Ireland and Scotland touch. It’s like a grill room of a country club.”  He added that “many of our old customers tell us they didn’t know we just reopened in Norwalk and found out by driving by on Cross Street.” The new Bogey’s seats 110 in the dining room and 62 in the tap room. It is open daily at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A Sunday brunch is planned.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Comings & Goings: Quality Towing & Repair to Post Road East Image
Quality Towing & Auto Repair. LLC has opened at 271 Post Road East. Owner Frank A. Seccurra, 24, said his dad, Frank, Sr., 54, both Wilton residents, “opened a business like this in Stamford when I was the same age as he was then. I grew up in this business since I was a little kid.”  According to Seccurra, the business is a full service gas station with self-service prices that offers 24-hour towing, a gas and convenience store from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. and three service bays that operate 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The space was previously occupied by the Getty Service Station, which closed in January 2013.  Co-owners Jay Ostreicher and John Fisher, who owned the Getty station since 1988, relocated to 1590 Post Road East in 2013 where they own and operate J & J Car Care Center. The history of a gas station includes a Tydol station owned by the late Carl Dolberg before it was converted to the Getty brand in 1966. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On Tour at the Westport Inn Image
The Westport Inn tonight held a “We’re Here To Stay” tour and celebration. Deborah Salsman, sales manager, flanked by associates from the BLT, the team which just bought the property, showed groups around the hotel and later hosted guests in the ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. “We’re looking forward to remaining a part of Westport and to improving the hotel,” said Salsman.The hotel was slated to by turned in an 8-30g housing project of 200 units and five stories. But at the urging of the town, BLT came in and bought it. (See WestportNow March 5, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cutting the Ribbon Image
Cutting the ribbon at today’s grand opening of SoulCycle, 374 Post Road East, were ((l-r) Ben Simpson, asssistant manager, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Ronnie Bencosme, studio manager, and Alyssa Wintergrass, assistant manager. According to Chase Delano, SoulCycle regional marketing manager, the Westport studio is its 41st location in the country and the second site in the state, having opened in Greenwich two years ago. She said there are no memberships—“it’s pay as you go but packages are available.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Comings & Goings: Walgreens Closing at 1870 PRE Image
Walgreens,1870 Post Road East, in the Westport Plaza Shopping Center near the Fairfield line anchored by HomeGoods, closes on May 7, according to store signage. The assistant store manager said all employees will be relocated to other Walgreens stores. The company has another store at 880 Post Road East. Plans to move the 1870 Post Road East store to nearby Southport were thwarted by neighbor opposition. Rumors circulated that the store would be replaced by Michaels Stores, Inc.,  an arts and crafts retail chain, but this could not be confirmed. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bedford Square Announces First Kemper-Gunn Retail Tenant Image
UPDATES and CORRECTS As demolition of the Westport Weston Family YMCA Weeks Pavilion continued today (the swimming pool can seen at the center of this aerial view), David Waldman of Bedford Square Associates announced the first retail tenant for the relocated Kemper-Gunn House and said a lease is out for signature for a 40,000-square foot anchor tenant in the Bedford Square complex. The new tenant for Kemper-Gunn is Serena & Lily, which describes itself as “a home and lifestyle brand with a fresh, California point of view.” Westport will be its third location after San Francisco and the Hamptons. There was no announcement on the Bedford Square anchor tenant other than the lease is “out for signature for the historic Bedford Mansion and adjacent fire house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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The New Church Lane Image
New renderings have been published online of Westport’s Bedford Square development, including this view of the project from Church Lane. There are also aerial videos of the demolition of the former Westport Weston Family YMCA here and here. One page of the Bedford Square website outlines changes made to the plans in response to feedback. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Jobless Rate Stays at 6.4% as State Gains 4,000 Jobs

By Mark Pazniokas

Connecticut gained an estimated 4,000 non-farm jobs in March, with the jobless rate remaining unchanged at 6.4 percent, according to a report released today by the state Department of Labor.

The data showed civilian labor force growth for the 18th consecutive month since September 2013 and was at its best annualized rate of growth since the recovery began in February 2010.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Comings & Goings: Steak House Replaces Clam House Image
The former Mansion Clam House restaurant site at 541 Riverside Ave., vacant since last October, will reopen as Parker Steaks, according to a company employee. Owner Patrick Fahy owns Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull and Parker Eatery & Bar in Stratford. No date for the opening was given. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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