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ShopRite: 'No Confirmed Plans' for East Haven

ShopRite officials say while they "are interested in serving the Branford and East Haven" areas, there's "nothing that's definite" for the former A&P Supermarket store front in Foxon.

UPDATE at 10:05 a.m.

The agreement that would bring in Hobby Lobby to fill the soon-to-be vacating HomeGoods in East Haven has not yet been completed, according to Michael Schaffer of C.A. White.

C.A. White is the New Haven-based company that manages the T.J. Maxx Shopping Center along Frontage Road where the store front is located.

"We are engaged in negotiations with Hobby Lobby and have not yet finalized the deal," Schaffer told East Haven Patch in an email this morning.

ORIGINAL STORY (Thursday at 5:55 a.m.)

ShopRite may be opening a new store in , but company officials are keeping mum about it.

During his last week, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr announced that a new ShopRite supermarket would be opening up in the former A&P Supermarket store front along Route 80 in Foxon.

The , at 745 Foxon Road, in October 2010.

'Nothing That's Definite'

But when asked about a time frame for the new store to open in that spot, ShopRite spokesperson Santina Stankevich told East Haven Patch that nothing has been set in stone yet.

"We have no confirmed plans at this time," Stankevich said Wednesday afternoon.

She added that the company is "always looking for new locations."

And that ShopRite is, indeed, "interested in serving the East Haven and Branford communities" with a new supermarket.

"But there's nothing that's definite or confirmed for East Haven," Stankevich said.

Both Mayor Maturo and Art DeSorbo, the town's economic development coordinator, were out of the Mayor's Office late Wednesday afternoon and unavailable for comment at that time. A message for DeSorbo was not immediately returned.

Hobby Lobby

In addition to the ShopRite, Maturo also announced last week that Hobby Lobby — an arts, crafts and home supplies superstore chain — would be moving into the Frontage Road store front that will soon be vacated by .

HomeGoods it would be closing and moving its East Haven store to a new location in Milford.

The T.J. Maxx Shopping Center along Frontage Road where HomeGoods is now located is managed by C.A. White.

East Haven Patch contacted the management company late Wednesday afternoon looking to confirm Hobby Lobby's plans to open a new store here, as well as a time frame for that move.

A late Wednesday afternoon phone message and email were not immediately returned.

Captain Blood April 09, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Ann Della Camera clams that the little ones at the Town Splash Pad at times may have an accident and urinate into the water that may go into Long Island Sound. So because of this she would never think of swimming at the Town Beach, How funny is she with this statment. Point of information for you Ann Long Island Sound is made up of 1320 sq miles, Lenght of Coastline is 600 miles. Watershed area 16,820 sq miles and most important 18 Tillion Gals of Water. So you still think some little guy will pollute the water at the Town Beach? How about some Adult standing in the beach water, MAYBE ! THEY MIGHT? Please we know you hate the SP but lets be real.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Patrick, as always such a gentleman, I am sure there will be mistakes 20 years from now, but at least give the person a chance to correct them and not call names all the time. Its a hard job and the town was in a mess when elected, so compassion is due now, not nasty remarks>
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Beckie, Pleasssseeeee I was there for 4 days in mud and She was there never lifted a finger. If you were there, fine, if not leave me alone. Get out of my life. I am entitled to speak as to what I saw as are you. She slept in Town Hall omg laughing now, and Please use your spell check, I admit I goof at spelling but you just killed the english language. So please do not address me since I had not written address my opinion to you.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
CitizenVoice, are you still on the yellow brick road. As to being on Cosey Beach Ave right after the storm passed, I have family there and was there and next day saw your friend, who I do recognize as her picture always in the paper at seinor partys of some other function. So unless you were there digging in mud as we were in helping friends, please don't tell me what she did, because its not true.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Captain Blood or can I still call you Gene Rocco, Are you hiding again, If you want to address me, please use your true name. I am sure adults do urinate in the water, however, I just feel if you want to do something for kids do it right. I don't even drink East Haven's water. Don't you dare say I hate the Splash Park, because you know that is not true. I do feel it would have been better in n another place than across for a Town Beach, where kids are in danger of running into the road going for beach to Splash Park. That was and is my only problem with it. I am happy mom's have a place to take their tots. So Gene, next time be honest ok and use your name in addressing me. Also I guess you are paying the water bill for the Splash park, which ran all thorught the storm,,since the water is not recycled.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I would love to see East Haven fill all its stores, and perhaps the landlords might try to rent than at a reasonable cost. I realize they also have expenses too, but those building have been paid for a hundred times over. I would even drive as far as Foxen if Shoprite came there, and I know I will be at Hobby's Lobby a lot. I wouldn't mind seeing a nice clothing store come in also, and at least one or two good fast food places like Captn' Jacks, and Long John Slivers. We have the best pizza and Chinese so time to move forward.
Drea Marino April 09, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Ann, all due respect, there were dumpsters, water stations and generators in place the very next day. Mayor Capone was instrumental in getthing those things in place, before, during and after the storm. She stepped up and handled that situation as best as anyone could and I commend her for her efforts. I don't know where on Cosey Beach you were, but April was on scene and proved herself more than capable. The woman has heart and worked tirelessly to help the people affected as much as she could, please give credit where it is due.
Gene Ruocco April 09, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Ann continues to prove over and over again that she is the most uninformed woman in East Haven. I do use my real name, every time I comment. I refuse to comment to Ann, because then I would be a fool among fools. I think everyone should follow me in not responding to this foolish women. And Captain Blood, she is so obsessed with me, sorry for this fools accusations of you being me. She will now attack me to no end, that’s all right; this Patch is all she has. Go head fool, fire away.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler April 09, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Ann I know you're not addressing me in your remarks here. But, I live in the area and was on the scene every day. I saw April with my own two eyes. She was absolutely present, addressing the concerns and needs of the area residents and available to them. It's quite apparent that you simply can't be convinced of anything you refuse to accept. So, I'm not really typing this for your benefit. I do feel the need to, like others, set the record straight. Your opinion of events involving April are quite skewed, in my opinion.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler April 09, 2012 at 11:32 AM
The splash park is ideally, and conveniently located, for those of us who would choose to use it. Also, can I ask you why you won't even drink East Haven's water? Honest? Why on earth not? You know it doesn't come out of Long Island Sound, right? I'm sorry, Ann..But, as I read your comments, I don't know if I should be sad for you, or laugh out loud.
Sam Giglio April 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Remember what i wrote on here awhile back, Hobby Lobby is and will be a good place to shop for everyone in EH. In Ohio and other States they never open on Sundays so I would say that will hold true for EH. I did ask when I was in Ohio why? The response I received was it is a Church and Family Day for our Employees. You donot see that much anymore in our Country. So Ladies Remember that, No Shopping there on Sunday
Sam Giglio April 09, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Julie maybe you can find out if this will hold true if and when they come to EH. About opening on Sundays.
EHVoiceofReason April 09, 2012 at 12:19 PM
"So Ladies Remember that...." WTH? You're bringing it up and obviously know all there is to know about Hobby Lobby, but yet you patronize women, as we're the only ones that shop on Sundays???
Bob Fawkes April 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Sam, you are correct in that there are not many of these businesses left anymore that close down on the weekend. One that comes immediately to mind is the B & H photo store in NYC. This Jewish owned business closes Friday evenings and doesn't re-open until Sunday morning. Nice to see that a handful of businesses still put faith and family above corporate profits.
Sam Giglio April 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
EHVoiceofReason please get real yes I said Ladies and so what, Yes I know Men shop to. I love that my wife may shop on a Sunday afternoon as I watch and great game on my TV set.
EHVoiceofReason April 09, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Ya, you sound like a real "prize".
Lise Cavallaro April 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
So what if they are not open on Sunday? I think it's great that Sunday is recognized as a day people should be with their families.
Lise Cavallaro April 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I agree about the food Ann. We need some more choices.
Sam Giglio April 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Seems like you take first place. I just gave everyone some information about a Business and you turn it into some type of statment I may be making. End of conversation, get a life my Friend.
Becki Pastor April 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I'm interested to learn what a "reasonable rent" is and how it has been determined that the current owners are not offering market value or below rents to fill the spaces. It would be logical, one would imagine, that a landlord with 2-5 empty storefronts would be in a position to offer reasonable rents.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Drea, I believe I did not say she did not do some things to aid on the shore, but I do no she never dug in mud and picked up debris as was stated. I am sure she called for assistance to come to town and I am not knocking that at all. Please stop taking what I say out of contex. As mayor it was her duty to request aid for the area.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Gene,, to answer anything you just said would be an insult to my intelligence. You have done nothing for the town but try to sell it down the river. I OBESESSED with you, pleaseeee , you were the puppet master for 4 years and somehow I am not interested in strings you pull. As to being a foolish woman, well I have been envolved in more things I can be proud of the you will be in your life time. You can deny all you want as to being Captain Blood, but I am glad you addressed yourself in your mailing as to going after me. I don't attack as you do in such a low level. If you don't like my opnion, please don't read it.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Doreen, if you were not bright enough to figure out about the drinking water, seek someone who might be able to fill you in.
Ann Della Camera April 09, 2012 at 10:53 PM
ASmith, you are not even worth a response, downing southern people is just not right. Julie should ban anything you write in Southern tongue, for making them sound illerate, most have 10 times the intelligence you have.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler April 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Ann, I wonder how it's possible I've never met you in all my years of living here. I'm sure you're a lovely person. In my own defense I will say that I am rather "bright". I do question how you formulate your opinions. My reasons for posting on The Patch are generally in regard to the issues at hand. It pains me that you seem to take such pleasure (as do several others) in saying mean spirited things about other individuals. Honestly. I mean you no disrespect. Some of what you post though, leads me to question your motives. Please do not insinuate that I am not intelligent. Somehow, I've gotten through 42 years okay. I would love to get back to discussing relevant topics regarding our town. How about we do that? Let's leave personalities out of it. Shall we? And while we're at it, could I ask, as a human being, could you try to be a little nicer to individuals? Toxicity is so negative. Let's get back to discussing what would be best for our town.
FCF April 10, 2012 at 01:38 AM
We have very good water. see http://www.rwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Gold-Award-InFlowLine.pdf
Doreen Boudreau Hausler April 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yes. We do. Most of us don't question this. Thank you, FCF...
Ann Della Camera April 10, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Doreen, I believe I am a nice person, I am certainly there for everyone who needs me. As to my being nasty, I don't feel I have called anyone a name on here at anytime. I am much older than you and have seen much more. If my opnions offend, I am truly sorry. I would hope I am not pointing the finger at any one person. So from now on I will just refrain from the patch, because I seem to be the only one being insulted by many. When so many have been insulting to others. Having lived in this town for over 40 years, I have seen many administrations come and go. The only one I can pay homage to would be Frank Missina {RIP}, He was loved by all and had class. So you will not be reading me anymore.
Patrick Madley April 10, 2012 at 03:13 AM
After my day of class, clinical, and work- yes, that is about a 13 hour day or so- I enjoy coming to read the Patch... NOT! This article was about ShopRite coming to town and all people seem to do on here is bash each other. Come on people, really. If you all care about this town as much as you say you do, then put the differences aside. I for one am willing to meet with any and all of you to make ideas for this town. Why can't we all do that? I swear sometimes I am the only one who makes sense- that is sad because we have some truly bright people on here. So please, if we have our towns best interest at heart, let's work together. Let's all meet and talk, anything to help this town. Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, and unaffiliated alike. (sorry if I left any out). We can work to make this community better- lets do it.
Ann Della Camera April 10, 2012 at 03:14 AM
FCF, I can accept what you say as to the water, however the pipes where I am are old and when they put the chemicals to kill the Zebra snails in the summer, the clorine is so strong your eyes burn. Sorry I did not explain it clearly. Enough said.

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