Plaza Azteca to change name, Manchester location

Zachary F. Vasile, Journal Inquirer



The Plaza Azteca Mexican restaurant chain is moving its Manchester location from a standalone building on Slater Street to former Bertucci’s spot on the north side of the Buckland Hills mall.

The Virginia-based restaurant group announced Wednesday that, due to the high cost of lease renewal and the need for renovations at the Slater Road address, management had no choice but to look for other options and found a willing partner in the Shoppes at Buckland Hills, about a half-mile down the Buckland Hills Drive commercial corridor.

Company officials said they’ve agreed to lease a space at 194 Buckland Hills Drive, Suite 1052, the former Bertucci’s location.

Plaza Azteca, which has occupied a corner lot opposite the Manchester Best Buy since 2009, thanked the town for its support over the last 10 years and said it remains committed to serving its “family” of customers [...]


The current Dunkin’ Donuts to the west would be closed and the new Dunkin’ at 1825 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike would replace it, Cassidy said. The current franchisee could not be reached for comment.

The beverage and baked goods chain has been rebranding since early in 2018, including its decision to drop Donuts from its name. In February, Dunkin’ opened its first NextGen restaurant in Quincy, Mass. and according to company filings, the chain expects 1,000 NextGen restaurants per year. “The launch of our next generation concept store marks one of the most important moments in Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth as an on-the-go, beverage-led brand,” said Dave Hoffmann, president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada.

The one-story building would have a footprint of 2,016 square feet and shared access to the movie theater’s driveway and sidewalk. The developers are proposing 22 parking spaces and two drive-through lanes. One [...]

Tractor Supply Coming To Stafford

Annie Gentile, Hartford Courant

At its Feb. 26 meeting, Stafford’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new Tractor Supply Store, at 54 West Stafford Road.

The new 124-foot by 150-foot store with a bumped out front vestibule will be located on the front portion of a 16-acre parcel adjacent to Safe Net Ministries. 


Work on the 19,097 square foot building is expected to commence in the spring and open later this fall. The store will include a pet washing station inside, as well as an additional 21,056 square feet of outdoor display area for larger items and seasonal products.

Conor was born and raised in New England having grown up in West Hartford, CT. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Sacred Heart University, Conor went on to freelance in the field. Conor will be assisting in the Marketing Department. He looks forward to bringing his energy and creative vision to the New England Retail Properties team. For marketing inquiries, please contact Conor at or 860-529-9000 (Extension #113).

Steve Becker, Broker at New England Retail Properties, Inc., has brokered a deal on the expansion of the Aldi Supermarket on Foxon Boulevard at 466 Foxon Boulevard in New Haven, Connecticut. Aldi is expanding their current store by 3,253 square feet. Aldi is joined in this shopping center with AutoZone and TD Bank. Construction on this project is now under way.
ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocers, operates more than 1,600 stores in 35 states. They take a simple, cost-effective approach to grocery shopping that saves shoppers on their grocery bills. In fact, smart shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent on their weekly must-haves. Aldi customers benefit from the ALDI streamlined approach, bringing shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices every day.
New England [...]

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