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State of Connecticut - Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media
  Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media - State of Connecticut Last Updated: December 28, 2018
This publication lists start-ups, expansions, staff reductions, and layoffs reported by the media, both current and future. The report provides company name, the number of workers involved, date of the action, the principal product or service of the company, a brief synopsis of the action, and the source and date of the media article. December 2018 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in December 2018

Indeed to add hundreds of Stamford jobs

Jobs-search firm Indeed plans to add another 500 jobs in Stamford, bringing its total Connecticut contingent to 1,700, company and state officials announced Monday. The hiring push highlights the surging growth of Indeed, which last year had announced another 500 jobs that it would create at its downtown offices at 177 Broad St. The company now employs more than 900 in the city and plans to invest $66 million in the project - one of the largest corporate expansions in recent years in Connecticut, and a recipient of multimillion-dollar state subsidies.

Bookseller to open on York Street

Grey Matter Books plans to debut a new store at the end of February at 264 York St., near the corner of Broadway and next door to the once-and-future home of J. Press clothiers. The bookseller, located in Hadley, Mass., announced the New Haven store on its website and briefly hung a sign in the window at the new location. Burton plans a curated selection of some 15,000 used books in the 1,500-square-foot storefront, which features atmospheric herringbone wood flooring. The building, also home to Yale's Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, is adjacent to the empty lot cleared for construction of a new J. Press store. At the new Grey Matter, high-end art and antiquarian books will be featured, along with a selection of used mystery and science-fiction paperbacks. Burton expects to employ several people to cover the long business hours required by Yale University Properties, owner of the building.

NYC Jewelers Opens Second Store

NYC Jewelers, a buy and sell estate jewelry store, is expanding its Westport presence by opening a second store next month at 14 Post Road East in space formerly occupied by Top This frozen yogurt. Owned by Westport resident Morris Afkari, the original NYC Jewelers opened at 748 Post Road East five years ago. According to Afkari, a certified gemologist, the expansion to downtown Westport "will elevate the visibility of the business. We will also perform on-premises repairs at that location."

Frontier Airlines returning to Bradley International Airport

Frontier Airlines, which ceased operating out of Bradley International Airport in 2011, is returning to the Windsor Locks airport in the spring with nonstop flights to Denver. The service will begin on March 28 with fares starting at $59. The announcement of Frontier's return came this morning at a press conference with Gov. Dannel Malloy and Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

El Pollo Guapo debuts in Hartford's Front Street District

A new lunch and dinner eatery known for its rotisserie chicken bowls debuts Wednesday in downtown Hartford's Front Street entertainment district. Wethersfield-based El Pollo Guapo opened its doors Wednesday in 2,600 square feet formerly housed by Qdoba Mexican Grill, the restaurant told Hartford Business Journal. The 54-seat restaurant, next to Infinity Music Hall, is owned by Heather and Roy Riedl. It held a soft opening for guests on Tuesday night, according to promotional platform We Hartford. El Pollo Guapo will employ about 25 people in Hartford.

Tequila tops menu at new eatery on Temple

When it came time to open a second restaurant in New Haven, Sonia Salazar had only to think of her favorite beverage to come up with a concept. "It's one of my favorite drinks," Salazar said - and Te Amo Tequila ("I Love Tequila") at 182 Temple St. was born. The new eatery opened in mid-November and hosted a grand opening the day after Thanksgiving. For Salazar, operating two restaurants and employing nearly 40 people in New Haven has her running at high gear. "It's a lot of work but it's a dream come true," she said.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in December 2018

Pier 1 Imports in Cheshire to close in April; Company ponders options as CEO leaves, including sale

Pier 1 Imports will be closing its location on Route 10 in Cheshire in April, according to the Meriden Record-Journal. The Record-Journal reports the company made the decision to close the Cheshire store following a review of store locations. The home decor and furniture retailer also has locations in Hamden and Meriden. Pier 1, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, appointed an interim CEO earlier this week after Alasdair James stepped down, according to the Dallas Morning News. Longtime boar member Cheryl Bachelder has been named interim CEO. National Retailer To Close Location In Cheshire: Report Pier 1 has closed 24 stores over the last 12 months and now operates 987 locations, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Comings & Goings: Chipotle Closing

Chipotle, the Mexican grill, 376 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center, will close next Friday, according to an employee. The eatery opened in June 2015. The employee added Chipotle management said they will offer employees jobs at other nearby locations, including Fairfield, Wilton, Darien, Bridgeport and Riverside.

Johnny Gelato becomes latest Ridgefield retailer to shut down

Johnny Gelato, an artisan gelato and sorbet shop, has become the latest retailer on Ridgefield's Main Street to announce it is going out of business.  "After 3 years in Ridgefield, Johnny Gelato is closing," said the 424 Main St. business on its Facebook page, adding that its final day of operations will be Dec. 23. "Thank you so much for welcoming us to your town and being the absolute best customers. We have made some amazing lifelong friends, and we are so grateful for that." Ridgefield's Main Street will be going into January with a flurry of newly empty storefronts. In addition to Johnny Gelato, the Purple Frog Gift Shop at 414 Main St. and the liquor store Cheers Ridgefield at 393 Main St. have announced they were shutting down before the end of the year, while the William Raveis office at 410 Main St. closed earlier in the month and merged with neighboring offices including those based in Danbury, Wilton and Trumbull.

Beloved West Hartford Jewish store set to close as owner retires

A beloved store in West Hartford is getting ready to say goodbye. The Judaica Store at Bishops Corner has served the Jewish community for three decades. After 30 years, the owner knows it's time to hang up her hat, but she would love more than anything if the store's legacy lived on. The Judaic Store is the only one of its kind between Boston and New York. Dvorin is retiring next year, but she doesn't want the store at Bishops Corner to retire with her. If it doesn't work out with a future buyer, she says the Judaica Store will close for good in April after Passover.

United Bank resets its mortgage desk

Hartford community lender United Bank says it has realigned its mortgage-banking operation, resulting in an unspecified number of staff layoffs. The flagship of United Financial Bancorp, headquartered in downtown's Goodwin Square skyscraper, confirmed Tuesday the action is a response to mounting competitive pressure among mortgage lenders to originate purchase, refinance and home-equity loans just as rising rates appear to be blunting consumer-loan demand. United did not say how many workers have been, or will be, idled, and did not comment on the staffing impact of its recent re-opening of a half-dozen former Webster branches in Connecticut and western Massachusetts under United's banner. A bank spokesman said United counts more than 700 staffers. United reported 808 full-time equivalent employees at the end of September, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

In Department News

State of Connecticut Career Posters - Job Journeys

For those seeking more information before making a career choice, the Department's "Job Journeys" posters can serve as a valuable resource. "We want every jobseeker, student, career counselor, teacher, education and training administrator and workforce professional in the state to know about our series of Job Journey posters," notes State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson. "These colorful, at-a-glance illustrations of the jobs found in each of Connecticut's 16 career clusters include pay and education information, related jobs,and how they measure up as an "in-demand' career."

Connecticut Career Paths: 2017

This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 340 occupations in the state. For each of the occupations included in the Career Table, information is provided on number employed, job openings, education and training requirements and the earning potential for your chosen field.

Manufacturing and other Middle skills Jobs

A recent publication by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research titled, Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-skills Jobs, was created to inform people seeking work or considering a career change of various employment opportunities. Connecticut areas and industries with the most job postings and related jobs to each occupation are also included in the publication.

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