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Visions for Vacancies: Trumbull Center

What should go here?

There are several empty storefronts in the Trumbull Center shopping plaza, including the former Porricelli's and Trumbull Pets and Aquarium. What would like to see here? (Trader Joe's is not coming to Porricelli's, as far I know...)

Steven Lage February 19, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Chipotle would be great.
Harriet February 19, 2013 at 01:06 PM
How about Shoprite?
TikiTavi February 19, 2013 at 02:06 PM
An Apple store
Pam Georgas February 19, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Arts & crafts store, like a 'Michaels'
Judy Baltim Rossa February 19, 2013 at 03:06 PM
ShopRite. IGA. (Trader Joe's)
Krissy February 19, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Trader Joes, Caraluzzi's, or some IGA. Also a yoga studio.
Archie Bunker February 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Trader Joes would do well here. If not available, possibly Aldi's. Although not a "class act", Xpect Discounts would be interesting. The space occupied by Porricellis and formerly Grand Union is too small for Shoprite or others. The only other alternative would be to put smaller stores in there or a large volume restauraunt chain.
Lyn February 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Would love a Whole Foods or an up market type food store. We don't need another regular supermarket. I also love the idea of an Apple store, but don't think that will happen in Trumbull.
kim Schneider February 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Panera bread, they continue to grow. What about the no fast food law in Trumbull?
Joey February 19, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Panera Bread? Yup, that will do great with one less than 2 miles away at the mall. I don't understand why the need for 10,000 sq ft for a deli bakery either. Waste of rent which will lead to that chains demise. We need a good restaurant locally owned (NOT A CHAIN) with a variety of food, reasonably priced and kid friendly that stays open past 7pm. Keep the Isheep Apple store away. Our children need book stores. Not texting stores. Another good idea would be a ski shop (there are none in the area besides Rotary in Stratford) or a lawn mower shop. I hear of and help many neighbors fix their mowers. A mower shop would clean house in Trumbull provided the person who owned it had people skills and could turn around equipment in a week or two instead of 3 months. Trader Joe's is a great idea too. Good store with good prices and nice variety that cant be found at big Y or S&S.
Joey February 19, 2013 at 06:00 PM
actually after pondering the thought of a mower shop I might have to take it back. No one cuts their grass anymore. They are too good to be seen on the mower. They pay $75 a week to have someone do it. Sad.
tom February 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
why not a check cashing place, a White Castle restaurant and a pawn shop? ...so we can really just finish off Trumbull once and for all! Better yet, how about some low-income housing with a built in welfare food dispensary, hmm, what other finance burden, tax-payer chaser ideas can we throw at it? or some other idiotic, low-browed ideas like an "Apple Store"...really?!?
Joey February 19, 2013 at 06:43 PM
And while we're at it does anyone posting in the comments know how much retail you need to move to pay the 8K+ monthly rent they are probably asking for one of these small vacancies in Trumbull center? Dont forget annual insurance premium, employees, electricity, etc etc. Might as well sell food at the end of your driveway. The way our government and towns are run make it impossible for any middle class people to make a decent living these days. That's why its all chains and corporate greed.
Archie Bunker February 19, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Maybe a Hooters to anchor all those stores at the plaza.
Mary C Ryan February 19, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I would love another grocery store there I real do miss the old one how about StewLenards?
Jeremy Stewart February 20, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I would love a Trader Joe's, but not the resulting busy/crowded/trafficky/pick your synonym for obnoxiously congested Trumbull Center.
Bruce B. February 20, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
CommonSense February 20, 2013 at 07:06 PM
With the low brow stupid comments that are piling on in this space..... Do you think any 'upscale' retail space would want to come here? Are you the representation of Trumbull??? Your comments are public and everyone could read them...including any potentional retailer!!!!! These comments, while meant to be funny---NOT!!!!
Joey February 20, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Common sense? Upscale retailers wont survive in middle class Trumbull. How did Porcelli's do? Those $12 california rolls were flying off the shelf werent they? You could get the same ones at stop and shop for $5.95. Gucci, Fendi, wholefoods, tiffanys are in Fairfield and Westport where the hedge funders and big bankers live. That's why they thrive there. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Before anyone puts a rent sign up, the owner of that parcel should take his head out of his rear and fix the spectacular butt backwards thing people call a parking lot.
CommonSense February 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Joey Why so down about Trumbull???? Someone mentioned Hooters and maybe a pawn shop... You mentioned Fendi or Gucci. Don't you think there are alot of potential retailors that fit "in between" that range!!? All these ridiculous comments serve no purpose. Trumbull is in the same 'down economy' as the state and nation. We don't have to have a 'down mindset' . If Trumbull businesses succeed---we all benefit.
JR February 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM
How much of Trumbull is "middle class"?
Tom Pieragostini February 21, 2013 at 01:42 AM
A "For Sale" sign.
gail jarvis February 21, 2013 at 02:06 AM
JR...Good Question..... Do you have the answer? Just askin'.
Roy Fuchs February 21, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Trader Joe's is not interested.
Joey February 21, 2013 at 08:44 AM
not so down on trumbull commonsense, I like it, nice town. Just being realistic. I've lived around here for 40 years. You see what stays and what kind of stuff comes and goes. Sorry for being lame. Too bad Trader Joes is not interested. Would have been a good one.
Joey February 21, 2013 at 08:29 PM
JR + Gail - Here is an article posted today in the CT Post Blog on where they rank most of the towns in fairfield country by average income. Trumbull coming in at # 24 with an average income of $106k.
Joey February 21, 2013 at 08:29 PM
http://blog.ctnews.com/trending/2013/02/20/where-the-money-lives/#10048-24
Pam February 24, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Trader Joe's would be great!
Max Palmer March 18, 2013 at 11:38 PM
There's a Whole Foods in Orange. How do you explain that?
Joey March 19, 2013 at 07:40 PM
max, last time I checked the boston post road gets a load more traffic than whiteplains road in trumbull....cmon!

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