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HomeGoods Closing East Haven Store

The national retail outlet is reportedly closing its Frontage Road location in East Haven to move the store to a new spot in Milford this spring.

HomeGoods will be closing its in in order to move to a new spot in Milford, according to a New Haven Register report.

HomeGoods officials confirmed the East Haven store will close in early April, and then reopen at a spot in the Milford Crossing shopping mall later that month.

Although the Frontage Road location is closing permanently, all 68 employees who currently work there will be given the opportunity to retain their positions with the company at the Milford store.

'Lease Issue'

Arthur DeSorbo — who serves as East Haven's economic development coordinator as well as its director of administration and management — told New Haven Register reporter Susan Misur he had heard HomeGoods could be closing its Frontage Road spot.

DeSorbo said he then contacted the firm that manages the building, C.A. White, "to offer assistance."

C.A. White leases space in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center, where HomeGoods is now located, as well as the Frontage Road Shopping Center in East Haven.

DeSorbo said HomeGoods parent company TJX Companies, had a "lease issue" with the property's owner.

"Or at least that’s what I understand it to be,” DeSorbo told The Register.

“I’m confident the space won’t be vacant for very long. It’s a great location for retail," he said.

Lise Cavallaro February 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Thanks Julie..it would be nice to see an update from him on what his plans are for the town.
Lise Cavallaro February 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I have also commented as to the decline of the Foxon area forever on here..I don't know what people aren't seeing..a good marketing person can get the job done, but they need to get out there and do it.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Lise: You're welcome. And I agree, that is a good story idea. I'll follow up with him this week. Thanks!
Bob Fawkes February 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Hope and Change, courtesy of "Taco" Joe Maturo.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven February 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
All this while the Mayor is off petting puppies at the local animal shelter and eating tacos. The blame begins and ends at The Mayors office and soley on the shoulders of the Mayor...Since he was elected 4 months go have we heard one positive news item on the town concerning this Mayor and his adminastration? Th Frontage road rea can be developed the way North Haven has developed Universal Drive but it should not be by done by simply placing the responsibilty of the residents paying long term taxes for the businesses as is the case of Home Depot that was brought here under Mayor Maturo but for whom the residents shouldered the responsibility of paying their taxes for five years. Companies are brought into town to help offset the tax burden that the taxpayer must pay and if Home Goods and other businesses do leave do you really think under this adminastration we'll see the taxes rolled back 17% without cutting services?.....I think not they have to come up the money somewhere and if businesses aren't there it comes down to you and I the taxpayers to foot the bill. Can we really afford to have food taken off our dinner tables and much needed items taken away from the Towns Children & Seniors to pay for this Adminastrations costly mistakes? It's time for the Town's Economic Committee to work with the Mayor and develope a long term plan for attracting and retaining business into East Haven before it's too late and they start coming for your wallet &cutting services.
Ross Antisdel February 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
As a business owner in this town since 99 I feel like I am qualified to this statement, The town has done NOTHING to help its small businesses, I was a member of the chamber and found that All i did was write a check each year and get nothing in return. The Fall Fest had started off as a business expo that has dramatically changed over the years, with this past years being a dismal failure. The only thing I have ever received from any of the economic developers in town as a Letter saying there was a town economic director, I reached out to them when I was due to start looking for a new location for my business last year and they never responded. I also talked to Alex during the Fall Fest and was promised some help in getting exposure etc. (never happened as he is no longer here, but you would think that the New Economic developer would reach out to the business already in town to see how things are). Now don't get me wrong the people in this town are great which is why I chose to keep my school here instead of relocating it to another community and have no plans on moving it which is why I signed a 10 year lease for our new location, it would be nice to have some help in promoting us to the East Haven community. Ross Antisdel
Lise Cavallaro February 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
People really need to stop with the taco comments. It's getting really old, and doesn't help anyone or anything.
Patty DePino February 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I really enjoyed shopping at Home Goods and it is unfortunate that we are losing another business. I think the Mayor & Staff need to work together as a team and move forward to attract other businesses to move into East Haven, and also to help the small business owner's that are presently in our Town. As far as all the negative comments between both Mayor April Capone and Mayor Joseph Maturo they need to stop.
Matt Lyons February 13, 2012 at 03:25 PM
You got a letter?!!!!
Bob Fawkes February 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM
From NH Register: "TJX Companies expects to close up shop at the East Haven store around April 5" and "DeSorbo said Thursday. “I’m confident the space won’t be vacant for very long. It’s a great location for retail.”" So Taco Joe and DeSorbo have over a month and a half of lead time to fill this "great location for retail". We are watching. Actions speak louder than words. We expect the location to be filled by the end of April. No lame excuses like blaming the property owner. Git ur done, Taco Joe. Git ur done!
noname February 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
To: Robert D Hoff... Just read your 1st sentence.It's demeaning, and your abusive words are what make newspaper headlines! He's had much to deal with and you don't make it any easier for the mayor...Why didn't you complain to the prior administration? All the thousands of dollar raises, all the unnecessary doings, the water park costing thousands of dollars per month for water going down the drain!.Were we given an explanation of that cost prior to putting that money pit in,,,not! Think again Mr H as to why your taxes are high and why they cannot be decreased at this time. Ast the saying goes. "educate yourself" to what is taking place now...it wasn't this Mayor that called the DOJ nor the FBI...so take the hint! Put the blame on the former administration for the higher taxes. I suppose you overlooked that item too! You seem to be the only one in left field dropping the ball. Again, best you get educated about the last 4 yrs and NOT the last 4 months!
Christi February 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
For everyone out there sick of hearing the Taco Joe comments, let me tell you I am just as sick and tired of hearing the splash pad get bashed. Do you people not realize that splash pad is the one positive thing that East Haven has? People from all over bring their children to the splash pad in the summer. This increased traffic into the town can also raise revenue at our restaurants and ice cream shops - as well as retail businesses. We are the only Shoreline town that has this feature and the children love it. Why does everyone complain about it?
Michele Antisdel February 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Thank you Christi,I was just about to say the same thing. I am proud of our town having the splash pad and I don't even have children young enough to enjoy it. One of my issues with this town is the fact that there is NOTHING for the kids of all ages to do but the splash pad is at least a step in the right direction. I am also tired of the political banter of what she did, he did, will do, will not do. Enough already. We have very serious issues in this town that need to be addressed in the here and now and wasting time and energy bantering back and forth isn't going to get anything done. We need to come up with viable solutions that will improve our town and its image otherwise we will continue going down the tubes. Now let's get back on topic and talk about what can be done.
Richard Poulton February 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Re-read the story. TJ Maxx is not closing. Home Goods is closing. TJ Maxx is the parent company and the shopping complex is named after them as well. But they are not closing, at least not yet anyway.
Rosie February 13, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Maybe because we, the taxpayers, are paying an outrageous water bill, for "People from all over bring their children to the splash pad in the summer." It may have been a good idea, but was done completely wrong,(there's a shock). If it was done properly, there would be a filtration system. But, it wasn't, so it costs a whole lot more, and we have to pay for it. Glad someone enjoys it.
EHVoiceofReason February 13, 2012 at 05:07 PM
First of all the correct spelling of "adminastration" is ADMINISTRATION!! Second, was the part-time, twenty-something, with no experience, your answer to Economic Development? It was a last minute, Hail Mary during a campaign year, aka TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. What did the previous Mayor do to bring ANY business to this town?
noname February 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Sorry Christi, there are people in this town who lost their homes, who don't have a job, who don't have enough income for these high taxes and there are also many seniors.who also find it difficult with rising prices. It's not the time to have parents rely on this town when parents can easily do that same idea in their own back yard and have guests enjoy it too. I love children but this is just not the time! That burden reverts back to us in higher taxes and it's becoming more difficult for many people to survive on what they have. Christi, these days, everyone has their own problems in trying to find ways to cope even for just the necessities. It's not a gripe, it's just a fact of what is happening. Hopefully you understand.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Everyone: A reminder to stay focused on the topic of the article at hand, which is the closing of the HomeGoods store specifically, and the more general issue of economic development throughout East Haven. Also, a quick note: while it may take me time to review comments as they are posted on each particular story thread (I am not in front of my computer 24/7, after all), I do carefully monitor the threads. And those who continue to violate our terms of use, will not only have their comments deleted, but their accounts suspended. If you have any questions, please read through our terms (http://easthaven.patch.com/terms) -- or just send me an email or give me a call, and I'd be glad to answer any questions./concerns you may have. As always, thank you for your understanding and your cooperation! I appreciate it.
Lise Cavallaro February 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
My children are 16 and 19 so they were never able to enjoy the splash pad. Personally, I think people who are not from EH should have to pay a fee to use it and it is a great idea if done properly. I'm quite sure the Sandpiper sees additional business from the splash pad but no one else will if the businesses are not brought in and the current ones are not marketed and promoted.
Lynne February 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Yeah, splash pad bashers! That's what brings the people who don't belong in East Haven to it's beaches. I have to pay higher taxes to live at the beach while the land-locked, who like to make fun of East Haven all winter, enjoy making a mess and down grading our property values all summer. It is a disgrace~
Don Charles February 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Oh come on, Jocobo Anarchist, you know it was Bush's fault!
Bob Fawkes February 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hey Donnie Ballgame! How's Mit Zombie looking for you right now?
FCF February 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Expect is a filthy disgusting store in that building and should be closed. Home Goods is one of the few decent places to shop in the area. Our loss again.
CitizenVoice February 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Bummer! Home Goods was a nice store. It might have been just a lease issue but as far as small businesses go, I've seen a lot of them go down when a Walmart moves in. Same with all the "big box" stores. Small toy stores, clothing boutiques, harware stores and the like just can't compete with them. Its happening all over the country. Quality is being replaced by cheap, really cheap quanitity. As for me, the only way I try to combat this is to give the "little guys" my business whenever I can, even if means travelling a ways to do it. I wouldn't set foot in a Walmart if my life depended on it. My hope is someday a lot more Americans would suddenly wake up to this and do the same. Then maybe we could get rid of some of the giants and bring back the small businesses.
Paul February 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Why are we blaming WalMart? If you recall, we used to have Caldor, Bradlees AND KMart in the area and each one was a bigger filthy mess than the next..it took WalMart to come in and clean them up or in this case, a well-deserved ship them out.
linda February 14, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Empty store fronts are not just a problem for East Haven. If anyone drives along Rt. 1 from Branford to Madison, there are numerous empty stores. This is a sign of the times. As far as Walmart , or any other big box store, in todays economy people need to shop where ever they can save some money. It is hard to shop at Mom & Pop stores if someone is on a limited income.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven February 14, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I as a resident would support having to have a pass for the Splash Pad much like you need for the Beach....Residents could obtain the passes in the usual manner and town visitors would have to pay for a pass to use both the beach and Splash Pad. A pass program for the Splash Pad like this could help to offest any potiential water usage fees anyone out there is concerned about while at the sametime allowing visitors to come into town and utilize the facility so that the town would continue to benefit from the increased traffic as would nearby businesses. Just a thought.
John Franco March 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
There has been a business boon during the Capone Administration. Rite Aid, Emtees USA, SweetShoppe, SubBoss. But the biggest economic potential is sitting right here in town and its a shame everyone bases it. The airport. An expansion of the runway would not only allow passenger traffic on the New Haven side, but would allow for larger corporate jets that use the Robinson Aviation FBO in East Haven. Those people need to eat and stuff. 6200x150 or greater. Thats the goal. There is plenty of land north and south of 2/20 to make it happen. I know because I've flown out of HVN as a Student pilot from 2001-2005.
Richard Poulton March 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
John you are right as to a boon in companies coming into EH, indicating it was the doing of Capone, when in reality most of the "contracts" were in the early stages prior to her administartion. As to your comments about Tweed, I highly suggest you read the MOS (memoradum of agreement) also known as Resolution 297 on the airports minutes, where it limits the lenght of the main runway(2/20)to 5600 feet. It's the law of the land so to speak. But we all know about phase's #3 & #4, where the airport wants to expand to at first 6500 feet then to 7200 feet. And that any law written can be repealed. So when Tweed is ready to expand they will, regardless of any MOA or state statute.
Jo Groves October 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I was very upset when Walbaums and Home Goods closed. First of all I would not travel to Milford , hate the highway, second I hate shopping at Big Y. Why aren't we getting a Shop Rite in the all Walbaums heard we were then next thing you know we haven't heard a word ? I taked to so many people who were exicited about Shop Rite coming what happened with that ?

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