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Trumbull Porricelli's Closing Down for Good Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.

The owner, Jerry Porricelli, issued a press release Friday. One Patch User says they are giving cash for gift cards today (Dec. 28) at 11 a.m. through tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Another local business is shutting down in the Trumbull Center shopping plaza.

Porricelli's made its announcement Friday after a flurry of rumors the day before.

"It was no longer possible to keep the store operational and the assets have been turned over to the secure creditor," said company President Jerry Porricelli.

The store opened for business in April, 2002, and was one of three stores operated by the Porricelli’s family.  The store located in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich closed in 2009 and the store located in Old Greenwich was sold to Kings Food Markets in October 2012, Porricelli said.

Before it was Porricelli's it was the Grand Union grocery store.

“We are so grateful to the people of Trumbull and all of our customers over the past 10 years for their business and support of the store.  As a family-run business, we always treated our customers as family and worked hard to deliver on our promise, Passionate about Food, Passionate about Service,” Porricelli said.  “The store has had a lot of new competition over the past few years which has hurt our ability to be profitable and despite our best efforts over the past six months we have reached the conclusion that we can no longer continue to operate the store.”

Porricelli's joins the Trumbull Pets and Aquarium and Frances' Pastry, two businesses who have closed in the last year. The Bar and Grille closed but was replaced by the O Bar, and a Verizon store opened up in the former Radio Shack.

Longtime stalwarts Marie's Sandwich Shop and Mackenzies pharmacy are now the two oldest businesses in the center.

During discussions on revising the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, the public cited improving the Trumbull Center plaza as important. The owners have been remodeling it.

laurie sollitto December 28, 2012 at 08:20 PM
On the Trader Joe's website on the "contact us" page there's a drop down box on Customer Comments and Feedback for input on Customer locations . . . HIT THEM UP!!!! If there are enough hits to their site with people who think like you do (and I agree with you . . . ) maybe they will consider opening a store in the Trumbull area. Back it up with access to Rts 25 and 15 and the lack of availability of this type of store in the Trumbull / Monroe / Newtown area at this time. Pass the word and with enough influence maybe they'll get the message. I know many people did this regarding the building near the Home Depot and the new site underway at the intersection of 25 and 111.
Mary Lou Elias December 28, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I agree with Kim.... Tim Herbst needs to call a meeting with the building owners and our Town of Trumbull officials to see what positive steps can be taken to get to the bottom of this problem.
Delores December 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM
You would hope Tim Herbst's new economic team would seize this opportunity to fill the empty spaces with quality places for residents to eat, shop, and hangout.
louis December 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Bye!
Charley Pitcher December 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM
How many banks can we fit in that space?
cheryl maloney December 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I agree with Kim & Carol, I moved here 11 almost 12 years ago from Stamford, In the springdale was a wonderful supermarket called Palmers..when it went out it was replaced by yet another CVS..The exterior of Trumbull Center is looking so much better..but clearly you can't put a band aid on bad management and clearly the law is being "skated" upon...anyone know off hand if taxes are current with the property?
gail jarvis December 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
A story about Prricell's Closing---This is their 3rd and LAST store that will be closing. Obviously THEY have a problem. That is the Free enterprise system. Obviously their problems with the closing of all their stores was internal and systemic. The DiNardos are the owners ot the Trumbull Complex. Its PRIVATE OWNERSHIP to suggest that they are the reason for the store closing is silly. And to point fingers at Tim Herbst is even more absurd. He has a Economic Developmebnt Team in place. Unless a prospective business/business man steps forward and asks for assistance their is little else Tim Herbst can do. This is NOT a Political Issue--its about PRIVATE OWNERSHIP and ECONOMICS. Again, Porricellis couldn't make it here or in its two Greewich Locations. Again its Not the DiNardos Fault or that of the Herbst Administration.
Tom Gallo December 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM
TJ's would never deal with these landlord morons-
Tom Gallo December 29, 2012 at 01:54 AM
A sad day for Trumbull as another small business bites the dust. When will the gluttony end to destroy all the small business in Trumbull center?
Tom Gallo December 29, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Gail Jarvis- great read and agree 100% that 1st Selectman Tim can only do so much as it is private ownership but the Dinardo's are running Trumbull Center into the ground store by store..... Frances Pastry, the pet store, nail store, Trumbull Hardware back in the day and the list goes on....Maries will be next, you cannot get blood out of a stone. They are not the sole reason for Porricelli's demise but they certainly are a player.. As stated above, facial changes are band-aids, simply brick and mortar- you can't put a band aid on bad management.
John M December 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
So the answer is having the government step in? Isn't that socialism? Let's face it the surrounding communities have better amenities than Trumbull. The only businesses Trumbull caters to is the banks and Starbucks even dunkin left. Trumbull center looks like a bad 70's strip mall, Stratford has the new big y and shelton has many new businesses. It will be only a matter of time when the other businesses leave too.
Thomas Tesoro December 29, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Interesting. When the Republicans ran against Ray Baldwin nearly 4 years ago they made a big issue about empty stores in Trumbull Center. Today, when the situation is the same or worse, it is free enterprise and private property.So which is it? Amazing how things change for our Republican friends. Gail Jarvis is right. Those of us back then defended Mr. Baldwin when we pointed out that there was only so much government could do with private property. Republicans laughed and said wait until they were elected. They were and nothing changed. Now they say there is only so much they can do with private property..... I guess it was not Mr. Baldwin's fault after all.
Kathleen McGannon December 29, 2012 at 01:00 PM
My thoughts exactly, Tom. Ray was raked over the coals about Trumbull Center when Tim ran the first time. Now, suddenly, the story changes? Ray's office and his Economic Development team was supposed to have "done better ". Now, Tim is being given a pass? Does no one in the Republican inner circle have a memory???? The hypocrisy is mind-numbing!
linda colello December 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
My daughter bought my Mom a gift card from pfm pm Saturday 12/15. My mom went to use it yesterday 12/21 and was told they would not honor it. Seems to me they knew the store was closing and still sold gift cards that worthless. Any suggestions???
Pam Georgas December 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
If we want small businesses to succeed in Trumbull, we need to support more culture, entertainment, and activity in Trumbull that will draw patrons to visit Trumbull and support our local economy. Instead, some residents will fight every proposal that comes our way. Balance and cultural assets are what we need, lets hope our updated conservation & economic plan will bring this to the table in a creative way that residents will embrace. We need cultural assets such as the Nature & Arts Center. Public/private partnership assets which self-fund their activities, are a win-win for the community, and local businesses. They draw people to visit our community, and patron our small businesses.
Aaron Leo (Editor) December 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I am told they are giving cash for gift cards.
Ray B December 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I too find it first sad that Porcellis is closing. They ran a nice clean store and everyone was so friendly there-they will be missed and second ironic because as, Mr. Tesoro and Mrs. McGannon pointed out, the Herbst clan who so stridently criticized the previous administration for allowing Trumbull Center to deteriorate say they are helpless to do anything about the increasing vacancies there. Which is it- free enterprise or failed economic development ?? You can't have it both ways.
gail jarvis December 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Ray "....free enterprise or failed economic development?"....This is PRIVATE PROPERTY Your statement makes no sense. This issue is a PRIVATE PROPERTY ISSUE. If the DiNardos want to get involved with Economic Development -- that service is there for them. When I drive and Look around at the "emptyness" of the Trumbull Center--I don't see any FOR RENT signs. Stop already with the "administrations" (both of them) doing something. Check with the owners!!!! They pay the Taxes. And if I am not mistaken they live in town.
gail jarvis December 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Pam "almost since the beginning of time"--- The Cultural Arts have been privately subsidized. No matter what the economy has been--the Arts have always depended on private sponsorship. Trumbull Center has never had an identity. I know that the Town is proud of what they 'kept out'--its what they didn't let in that hurt the most.
Trumbull Resident December 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What I find interesting is many of the posts here are pointing fingers at the local government or property landlords. Firstly, this is not a government issue - we live in a free market society. As for the landlords, they offered Poricelli's ownership rent concessions to help them through the last year. Bottom line here is if Poricelli's offered a good product at a reasonable price, we would not be having this conversation as most of Trumbull would have shopped there. I think Gail put it best - this is the 3rd store that has gone out of business under this ownership, so maybe that is where the issue lies. I will admit, Poricelli's will be missed because of the convenience of getting last minute items. But as is the case with most of the folks here in Trumbull, I will continue to shop where prices are more reasonable.
John Kriz December 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
It's always sad to see a family business close, but i think these are economic issues and not political. Several of the comments above mention Frances Bakery closing. I stopped going there because the baked goods were stale. After Dominic sold the store, the quality was never the same and the crowds disappeared. They closed. Although I liked the old time feeling of Porricelli's, I shopped mostly at Stop & Shop, using the Newtown store mostly, because it's nicer and has a much larger selection. The Trumbull Mall can' t compare with the Danbury Mall. I suspect these are economic issues, rather than the fault of landlords and politicians.
Baffled Resident December 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I don't know what Porricelli's you folks have been going to, but the one in Trumbull turned into a DUMP that was reminiscent of Grand Union in its final days. Good riddance, and bring on Caraluzzi's please!!!!!!!
Baffled Resident December 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Are you sure that it's really bad management though? Perhaps the DiNardo's have a vision for what they want the property to be, but they needed to wait for their tenants to vacate the premises first?
Tony Dell December 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
When Trumbull Center is no longer run as “Pottersville” then the small business environment will have a fighting chance. The Trumbull Economic Development Squad should take a good look at Fairfield center, the Milford Green area and most of the towns located south on the post road.
IRRSC December 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Obviously there were challenges that impacted Porricielli's (beyond the political opinions and what appears to be some big egos) increased competition which has negatively impacted thousands of U.S. Independents too... FACT not ficton. It is no secret to those truly educated in the grocery industry that the demise of independent grocery stores throughout the country and most recently the closing of Porricelli’s in Trumbull has been fueled by big box competition and the deficiencies in the level of marketing support and trade dollars that “some” small stores receive from their respective suppliers versus what chain stores or other more aggressive retailers receive from their suppliers. Perhaps this explains why some view SNS a better value? The solution is fair trade. Independent retailers and their suppliers must be willing to divulge critical information, and that requires trust between trading partners, they must both be willing to adopt a more accurate understanding of the challenges they face. Core competency in end-to-end collaboration is based on mutual needs and the best available information. True collaboration is working together to solve challenges not closing stores at the expense of the owners, creditors, community, and the people who will be losing their jobs. The Porricelli family “delivered” on their Passion about Food and Passion about Service for over 60 years… and they trully made a difference within the communities they served...
Tom Gallo December 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Good post Tony Dell- This closing is not a political issue so let's not make it one but rather a case of truly horrid ownership of a center going down the tubes fast. The tenants should all get together collectively with the 1st Selectman and the Dinardo regime to see how to make things better once and for all.
Pam Georgas December 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Gail, you are right about what Trumbull has 'kept out' We need to encourage a strong cultural framework/infrastructure, that will support our local economy, and enhance community life.
Tom Gallo December 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Since only a strong chain with a corporate connection can survive I'd like to see Trader Joe's consider the spot but we can only hope- Not sure they would put up with this small town ownership shenanigans. They are real Pros.
gail jarvis December 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
'Build it and they will come'............Thats a truism. We did not build it so...they did not come. Trumbull 'center' has no identity--never did. Its history of ownership is interesting unto itself. Check it out. Perhaps the 'new owners' are caught in a time-warp. Sure looks that way. Bloggers, puhleeze stop thinking this is a local government issue--its not. There are plenty of houses in Trumbull that are caught in the same time-warp and that too is NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE (Repubs or Dems). We live in a free market--you can take your business where ever. You will be welcomed.
Manny December 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
the store closed because it was dirty in and out. it catered to the Italian community no one else, Scalafani products every where. in order to survive in this tough market you need to diversify. management. was none existent. Its not he towns fault or the landlords.I'll add the customers for the most part came for specials and the FREE COFFEE that was it. In and out for the most part, I call them "cherry pickers" I.t became a viciouss cycle selective customers and no variety is a lose lose situation. In the end everyone ended up loseing the landlord the town ,customers owners and most important the employees and families

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