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Author Topic: Bristol Farms Plaza - Bristol, Connecticut  (Read 4324 times)
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ynkeesfn82
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« on: March 25, 2012, 11:13:05 AM »

The Bristol Farms Shopping Plaza is located at 1235 Farmington Avenue Route 6 in Bristol, CT. The plaza is anchored by a 33,353 sq.ft Sears Appliance & Hardware Store and a 45,058 sq.ft Big Lots store. Big Lots opened in 2003 in a space vacated by Waldbaum's Foodmart several years earlier. (1999 or 2000). At first Big Lots did well, but over the past few years it's been struggling. Each time I've been there recently there haven't been many customers in the store.

Sears Appliance and Hardware doesn't do a lot of business either. The spot they are in was originally Woolco and later Rickel and the Pergament Express.

Other stores in the plaza include: Aaron's Rental, Joann's Fabrics & Crafts, Hung's Chinese Restaurant (aka Golden Pagoda), Short Cuts Salon, a dentist office, and 2 free standing buildings housing a Webster Bank and Wendy's. Truthfully Webster Bank and Wendy's do the most business out of anything else in the plaza.

There are 2 vacancies right next to each other next to Sears - a 17,715 Square Foot spot that was home to Salvation Army Thrift store until February 15th and a 23,210 Square Foot spot that was Marshall's until a few years ago. They moved to a bigger store in Plainville a few years ago. A 3rd vacant store is next to Aarons and is 3,564 and until last fall was Black Belt of America Martial Arts School. Aarons was CVS and then Family Dollar. FD closed in 2009 after only 5 years in business, citing they couldn't compete with Big Lots as the reason for their closure. The martial arts school was once a location of the now defunct Hit-or-Miss woman's clothing chain. (They closed years ago). The Hair Salon was once a dry cleaners, and the dentist office was once People's bank. (People's Bank closed in 1996 when they moved inside Stop & Shop. That sport sat vacant for years too).

The plaza needs an extreme make-over. Not sure what, however.

http://northeastretail.com/portfolio/bristolfarmsplaza/
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 08:53:47 PM »

If Sears closed they can combine that spot with the vacant Salvation Army Store and part of the vacant Marshall's and open a 60,000 Square foot Burlington Coat Factory. With the 14,275 square feet leftover they can put in a Petco.

Staples can move from further down Farmington Ave into the Big Lots spot and take 20,000 Square Feet. Why should Staples move? Because at least once a year during severe heavy rains their entire parking lot ends up under feet of water. Save-a-Lot Food Stores can take another 20,000 square feet in the Big Lots spot. That would leave a 5,058 square feet left in the Big Lots spot. Plus the 3,000 Square Foot former martial arts school.
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013, 10:43:21 AM »

Apparently Sears Appliance & Hardware will be closing. When? Who knows? All I know is that a new realty company has been brought in to market the plaza to potential tenants and they have the Sears spot listed as vacant. Interestingly enough the picture on the website show's the plaza back when Marshall's was still in operation. I don't remember what year they moved into the former Levitz Furniture in Plainville.

http://www.saugatuckcommercial.com/property081.html

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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 07:53:08 PM »

So it's been some 9 months since the new leasing agent took over and nothing has changed here. The only thing that changed is that they cleaned the filthy dirty windows on the empty Marshall's store. I think it's time someone steps in and buys this plaza and gives it a make-over.
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 04:46:26 PM »

Rumor is that the little Joann Fabrics Store will be closing when they open their new super-sized store in Southington.
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 03:09:23 PM »

Update: Sears Appliance and Hardware is closing by January 31st. Joann's is closing by February 1st. Hobby Lobby is reportedly going to take the former Sears Appliance and Hardware along with the vacant former Salvation Army.

Once Hobby Lobby opens remaining vacant space includes a 23,000 (or so) Square Foot former Marshalls, a 3,500 Square Foot that most recently was a Karate School, and a 10,000 Square Foot spot that was Joann's.

The maintenance of the plaza is really lacking as there are 2 potholes in the parking lot side by side and they're large enough to swallow a small child.


The plaza was built in 1974 and at one time was owned by Cornerstone Properties current owner of Shoprite Plaza in Southington. They also have been using the parking lot along the side of Sears for an antique car show every Saturday Night in the Spring and Summer.
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 01:34:59 PM »

Update:

It is confirmed that Hobby Lobby will be opening in the former Sears Appliance & Hardware Store and former Salvation Army. They're looking for a tenant to take over the space Sears was using for their Garden Center. Also the former Joann's and Karate School can be combined into a larger 13500+ Square foot spot.

http://saugatuckcommercial.com/property081.html#
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 01:59:44 PM »

An article on Page 6 of today's Bristol Press confirms better days are ahead for Bristol Farms Plaza. The landlord confirms Hobby Lobby will take over the former Sears Appliance & Hardware Store/Salvation Army. He also plans on updating the plaza's facade, parking area, and landscaping. The landlord also says a restaurant and another store may also move into the plaza. He hasn't named these other possible tenants at this time. Hobby Lobby hopes to open in late June.
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ynkeesfn82
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2014, 03:28:14 PM »

Two steps forward, one step back for the Bristol Farms Plaza. Hobby Lobby will be opening in 2 weeks in the former Sears Hardware and former Salvation Army and according to the real estate company's website a lease is pending for part of the former Sears Garden Center. Also according to the website for the real estate company Aaron's Furniture and Appliance rental is moving out. They're supposed to be moving to Price Chopper Plaza. When Aaron's goes out that side of the plaza will be dead except for Hobby Lobby.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2015, 08:49:56 PM »

More trouble for the trouble Bristol Farms Plaza.

Lemle Bristol, LLC owners of Bristol Farms Plaza is on a list of delinquent tax payers in the city of Bristol. In other words they didn't pay there taxes.

In addition Saugatuck Commercial Properties is no longer representing this plaza as of March 2015. I didn't even notice when I was at the plaza today if there's a new real estate company sign in front of the plaza. There are no signs in the windows of any of the vacant stores nor has there ever been.

I also wonder if the plaza suffered roof leaks from all the snow. All of a sudden 3 of the 4 vacant stores are partially gutted. These are the old Aaron's Rental, The old Karate School, and the old Joann's.  The old Marshall's is not gutted at all. And all these years later their fixtures are still in the store.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2015, 01:27:27 PM »

I have heard rumors that a bank will be taking ownership of this plaza.

A new Real Estate Company - Atlantic Retail Properties has been hired to try and attract tenants to the plaza.

http://atlanticretail.com/listings/bristol-ct/
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2015, 08:47:56 AM »

And the hits keep on coming for this plaza. Webster Bank might be closing. There has been a bank in that location for over 30 years. Although the main link still shows Webster Bank this one shows it as vacant. Also I don't think that's right for the space next to Hobby Lobby where it says up to 9,700 Square Feet. The other real estate company said the space was only 5,000 Square feet. It was the garden center for Sears.

http://atlanticretail.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/BristolCT_BristolFarmsPlaza.pdf
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2015, 07:10:22 PM »

Mom went to Hobby Lobby on Thursday. I didn't want to go inside the store and instead of waiting for her in the car I took a walk around the exterior of the plaza. I still can't figure out why they can't attract tenants this plaza. The plaza appears to be in good shape. Sure there is some graffiti, but a lot of buildings have that in back. My personal opinion is that they landlord wants too much for rent. He also won't divide the vacant spaces into smaller spaces.

Family Dollar closed in this location in 2009 and then it was Aaron's for 5 years after that, but there is still a sign on the back of the Family Dollar Space that days "Family Dollar. No Dumping. Dumping is against the law." And Marshall's has been closed since 2008 (or 2007) an there is still a sign with Marshall's logo on it with a similar message as the Family Dollar sign.

Webster bank is still open.
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2015, 09:10:56 PM »

Mom went to Hobby Lobby on Thursday. I didn't want to go inside the store and instead of waiting for her in the car I took a walk around the exterior of the plaza. I still can't figure out why they can't attract tenants this plaza. The plaza appears to be in good shape. Sure there is some graffiti, but a lot of buildings have that in back. My personal opinion is that they landlord wants too much for rent. He also won't divide the vacant spaces into smaller spaces.

Family Dollar closed in this location in 2009 and then it was Aaron's for 5 years after that, but there is still a sign on the back of the Family Dollar Space that days "Family Dollar. No Dumping. Dumping is against the law." And Marshall's has been closed since 2008 (or 2007) an there is still a sign with Marshall's logo on it with a similar message as the Family Dollar sign.

Webster bank is still open.

Reminds me of a couple similar signs that were posted on the backs of a couple storefronts at the Southgate Shopping Center in Southgate, Michigan.

The former Ukazoo Books (currently serving it's second straight October as Spirit Halloween) still had a sign with the Waldenbooks logo on a door into the back of the store, this remained on there until 2011, removed probably when either Borders Express closed or Ukazoo opened.

The back of the former Rainbow still had a sign reading "Winkelman's" on it's back door from when it was a Winkelman's ladies' clothing store, in addition to a sign with the Rainbow logo above it. Both were removed when the entire back exterior wall of the Eureka Road-facing structure was repainted around the time the long-vacant Montgomery Ward was demolished.
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2016, 09:48:11 PM »

I have heard rumors that a bank will be taking ownership of this plaza.

A new Real Estate Company - Atlantic Retail Properties has been hired to try and attract tenants to the plaza.

http://atlanticretail.com/listings/bristol-ct/

A financial institution has in fact taken over ownership of this plaza. It's now owned by GMAC.

Key Point Realty Partners is now the leasing agent.

http://www.keypointpartners1.com/proppdf/CTBristol_BristolFarms.pdf

Spirit Halloween just opened in the former Marshall's. The first new store (albeit temporary) since Hobby Lobby opened in October 2014.
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2016, 10:14:15 AM »

Webster bank is still open.

Webster Bank finally closed.
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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2017, 05:49:29 PM »

New ownership has taken over this plaza as of May 2017. Since it is nearly vacant with just Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, a small dental office, a small Chinese restaurant, a small independent hair salon, and a free-standing Wendy's, the new owners got the plaza for the bargain basement price of $6.5 million. By comparison the developer who owned the plaza prior to GMAC taking over the plaza paid $15 million back in 2005. Back then the plaza was 100% Occupied.

The new ownership is proposing expanding the plaza and building a grocery store (who?), an automotive retailer, and possibly a couple restaurants including bulldozing the former Webster Bank and replacing it with a restaurant. See the new real estate listing here:
http://truecre.com/b/assets/uploads/2017/06/true_bristol_bristol-farms-plaza_NEW-RETAIL.pdf
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2017, 07:20:22 AM »

New ownership has taken over this plaza as of May 2017. Since it is nearly vacant with just Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, a small dental office, a small Chinese restaurant, a small independent hair salon, and a free-standing Wendy's, the new owners got the plaza for the bargain basement price of $6.5 million. By comparison the developer who owned the plaza prior to GMAC taking over the plaza paid $15 million back in 2005. Back then the plaza was 100% Occupied.

The new ownership is proposing expanding the plaza and building a grocery store (who?), an automotive retailer, and possibly a couple restaurants including bulldozing the former Webster Bank and replacing it with a restaurant. See the new real estate listing here:
http://truecre.com/b/assets/uploads/2017/06/true_bristol_bristol-farms-plaza_NEW-RETAIL.pdf

Maybe the grocery store could be Big Y. They are often about 55,000 sq ft.
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« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2017, 07:00:44 PM »

New ownership has taken over this plaza as of May 2017. Since it is nearly vacant with just Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, a small dental office, a small Chinese restaurant, a small independent hair salon, and a free-standing Wendy's, the new owners got the plaza for the bargain basement price of $6.5 million. By comparison the developer who owned the plaza prior to GMAC taking over the plaza paid $15 million back in 2005. Back then the plaza was 100% Occupied.

The new ownership is proposing expanding the plaza and building a grocery store (who?), an automotive retailer, and possibly a couple restaurants including bulldozing the former Webster Bank and replacing it with a restaurant. See the new real estate listing here:
http://truecre.com/b/assets/uploads/2017/06/true_bristol_bristol-farms-plaza_NEW-RETAIL.pdf

Someone who works at ShopRite in Bristol seems to think some change is about to happen at the store. Maybe they will move across the street. A year ago, the associates were talking about the existing store getting a drastic remodel, which would expand in to the former dollar store and change the facing of the registers to the front of the store and the aisles shifted as well. That obviously never happened. Earlier in the year, they painted the walls of the store and never replaced signage and pictures throughout the store. They have been making minor improvements over the past year including replacing floor tiles and new registers, but it still looks incomplete. Then I heard the owner wanted to sell the store. So perhaps they will eventually move across to Bristol Farms. I doubt Big Y would open in Bristol.
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