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Trumbullite Will Miss Porricelli's

By Marianne Van Zandt

Well it has happened AGAIN.....I am not sure what the problem is with some Trumbullites. We have lost ANOTHER personalized, family owned business.... Porricelli's "where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came."

I am devastated that we have "thrown away" Porricelli's Food Mart because of misconceptions. Sure, they didn't have the variety of the larger, MUCH less personal SUPERmarkets, but if you wanted something, they would get it for you.

Your groceries were bagged without your bread looking like a "sculpture" of a monster by the time you got home. The cashiers would tell you if something was on sale and you missed it and you were buying something else. You were ALWAYS greeted by name, senior citizens were treated with the respect they have earned over their many years on this earth.

People were under the misconception that that they were paying a premium because you were afforded personal service, in a store with beautiful hand painted al fresco scenes, baggers and finally your groceries were taken out to your car and placed with care.

Well, you were wrong...I did a comparison shop with a friend. She went to the larger chain and I went to Porricelli's....hmmmm, funny thing, Porricelli's was CHEAPER! Some items may be more, but others were less, leveling the playing field. I am sure many of our first responders and law enforcement officers will miss the delicious foods that are hot and waiting for them, along with scrumptious sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

When my sweet Mom was still with us, I bought her so many of Porricelli's ready meals. I always felt secure that she was having delicious, home cooked mealsl. In addition to my Mom, they all knew our daughter's name, complimented her on her graduation form Trumbull High, Salve Regina University and now they took great interest in her attending medical school at Wesleyan University.

EVERYTHING about Porricelli's from the owners , to the staff, to the incredible meat department, FRESH produce and bakery will be sorely missed by my family. I have lived in Trumbull for 25 years and this is the first time we are giving serious thought to moving out.

It is difficult to live in a community that doesn't support its businesses. When Dick Aiello owned these properties, NONE of this was an issue. Good luck to the new landlords who are "dressing up" the buildings...they look so beautiful EMPTY....and I am ashamed to say, that by not supporting these "mom& Pop businesses, we, as Trumbullites, share the responsibility in their demise. Porriceli's, the Van Zandt Family will miss you, all.... :-(

Baffled Resident January 02, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Poricelli's wrote their own obituary. The last year, the store had become positively disgusting, and the meat quality became abysmal. As far as Dick Aiello. He had no life. All he did was hang out at the center all day busting his tenants chops and menacing their employees. Yes, i know it's disrespectful to disparage the deceased but he was a nasty man.
gail jarvis January 02, 2013 at 03:04 PM
So Many stories about Porricelli's Closing So Many thoughts as to why they closed--This is their 3rd store closing! So Many articles published in the Patch. (word got out and the store admitted to the store closing--immediately) That's noble! This is NOT a POLITICAL ISSUE--This is FREE MARKET This is PRIVATE PROPERTY--PRIVATE OWNERSHIP--FREE MARKET Trumbull Center never had an Identity. Its just a 1950's Strip Mall Look--A Time Warp!!!--No Village look here. Oh and the 'Strips' are seperated by a Parking Lot. Walk? Walk where and Walk to What? The 'Center' is strictly a Service Strip Mall. Again Private Ownership--if they want Economic Development to HELP--- THEY must contact the Town. 'Trumbull Center' has ALWAYS been what it is NOW--Its just now the Folks want More and Different. If OWNERSHIP is not listening and not caring -- as others have written-- go somewhere else. This is still a FREE MARKET! This is PRIVATE OWNERSHIP (and ZONING is Already in place) I am sure they are reading the Patch Articles--wonder what they're thinking?
arnie arnold January 02, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I worked for the porricellies for 25 years and the owners are just as depressed about the closing as many are. They tried everything to make it work .When you worked for them you were like family in and out of the store.I miss working for them and wish them and all the former friends and employees good luck and blessings. Arnie
Jack Russell Townsell January 03, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Good news is that Trader Joe's has already signed preliminary agreement to lease the space. The deal includes complete overhaul of the buildng, including green certification, complete overhaul of the parking lot, and installation of a large sign on white plains road. Tentative opening is discussed for June '13. Originally Trader lost their bid on the building where Fitness Edge is set to open later this year and failed to negotiate agreement for vacant retail space developed next to Home Depot.
gina January 03, 2013 at 10:38 AM
you worked for them for 25 yrs and you don't know how to spell their name??????
gina January 03, 2013 at 10:46 AM
you can do your weekly grocery shopping there? ins't it a "specialty" store. people can't afford to go shopping there every week. just curious people seeing what is there
gail jarvis January 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Hoping that TRADER JOE'S is just the beginning of what will be 'New and Different' for "Trumbull Center". Congrats!!! to the owners.
Kathy January 03, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Gina - you can do almost all of your grocery shopping there. Trader Joe's is NOT more expensive than Stop & Shop. There are so many things cheaper. I LOVE Trader Joe's!!!
Baffled Resident January 04, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Perhaps i'll be eating my words in the future................................ But i find it very difficult to believe that TJ's would open a store on White Plains Road. With the exception of the TJ's on BRT in Fairfield, aren't the rest of their FFC and NHC stores on Rt.1? I can't see how any location in Trumbull would really make sense for TJ's. Maybe Hawley Lane could, but even that's a stretch.
gina January 04, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I shop @ price rite:)
Alexander B. C. January 07, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Me too. :)
HL January 09, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I tend to agree with your skepticism. The new buildings at the Rt 25/111 intersection would have been a far more ideal location, simply because it would be able to pull residents in from Trumbull, Monroe, some of Easton and some of Newtown even. All towns that already enjoy shopping at TJ and Whole Foods type establishments. The White Plains Road location has a number of drawbacks that would make it less appealing. For starters, it would be blocked from view behind Marie's and other stores. Second, that is not a traffic friendly location. Third, it would be competing against the Black Rock TJ in Fairfield for Bridgeport and Stratford residents (towns were the citizens are less likely to shop at TJ and Whole Foods). Plus, in that location, it's too far for many in Monroe that would be interested. Having said that, it's possible that there is someone who lives in Trumbull that wants to open a franchise, and this is the best option they can get after having lost out on the 25/111 location. It will still do a fair business from the Trumbull traffic alone, I would think, just not as successful as the Rt. 1 hubs.

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