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.

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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