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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: July 16, 2024
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.

2024 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in 2024

Startups and Expansions in June 2024


Viral bagel shop PopUp Bagels, that's drawn celebrity investors, opens 5th CT spot

7 Brew drive-thru coffee shop proposed for site of 1 shuttered Denny's in Vernon

DG Market opens in Thomaston sooner than expected

CT bottled water giant to see split headquarters in merger with Florida rival

Frank Pepe Pizzeria opens in Stamford


Startups and Expansions in May 2024


Mamajuana Cafe, Kanoon Restaurant expected to open in Waterbury

Two more Wingstop locations are coming to Connecticut

Burlington's store at Ridgeway Center in Stamford set to open this summer

Sonic opens 7th CT location with new drive-thru restaurant in Torrington

From Sally's Apizza to 'Arthur Avenue style' Italian deli, SoNo sees a flurry of change with openings, closings

Stafford manufacturer to add 124 CT jobs in next seven years

Stamford Shake Shack announces May opening date

Babies R Us is set to return to Connecticut in three Kohl's stores

New Bridgeport grocery store coming to State Street at former fried chicken restaurant site

New Puerto Rican restaurant opens in New Britain

In this CT town, manufacturing keeps growing. How they're making it work

Connecticut-based manufacturer, Whitman Controls, to add up to 30 new workers with $4.5 million investment

Danbury-based LesserEvil expands snack biz, adds job at New Milford facility

Jersey Mike's, cannabis retailer coming


Startups and Expansions in April 2024


Southington couple opens new mochi donut shop in Plainville

Four Dads Pub closes last location; The Bear's Den to open in its Granby space

Apple Cinemas closes Waterbury location before opening another at Brass Mill Center mall

Sally's Apizza to open 4 more locations in Connecticut

Big Y to begin hiring for positions at new Middletown grocery store

New restaurants planned near CT outdoor mall. Does it mean a famous pizza is heading this way?

PetSmart and T.J. Maxx set to open new stores in Waterbury's largest shopping center


Startups and Expansions in March 2024


 New shop to open in long-vacant Wolcott St. location, bringing 40 jobs to Waterbury

 Norwalk's first cannabis dispensary opens on Main Street

 Texas Roadhouse in Cromwell opens Monday

 State launches sports betting at Bridgeport arena

 Aldi 800 store expansion will likely include a few in Connecticut, experts say

 Sayulita, a Glastonbury restaurant serving Mexican-inspired cuisine, is set to open its 2nd location in Essex

 New Milford to welcome new Dairy Queen this summer; serving ice cream and more at Grill and Chill

 Boston-based biotech company Cure Rare Disease relocating to Woodbridge

 Barnes  & Noble to open in Meriden shopping center next week

 Waterbury's iconic Drescher's Restaurant reopening, just in time for St. Patrick's


Startups and Expansions in February 2024


 Apple Cinemas coming to Brass Mill Center mall

 Foot Locker opens store in Bridgeport, after closing one in Trumbull

 New automated warehouse ramping up for Stop & Shops across CT

 Fairfield toy store with European brands aims to be an alternative to "big-box" chains

 Electric Boat president predicts annual hiring of 5,000 employees for years to come

 East Hartford-based American Eagle Credit Union seeks merger w/ smaller Hartford credit union

 Alina's Cakes and Cookies expands to Westport after 10 years in Fairfield

 Big Y supermarket eyes mid-May opening in Middletown

 Japanese restaurant moving into former Denny's on Elm Street in Enfield

 New-Haven based drug developer launches IPO

 Shake Shack is looking to open a location on Route 44 in Avon

 Former North Haven construction owner opens latest Hard Hat Tavern in Durham

 Coffee chain Caffe Nero to replace former frozen yogurt shop in West Hartford Center

 Consumer Cellular opens in Bristol

 New Aldi supermarket is coming to vacant storefront in Plainville

 Restoration Hardware to fill Fairfield space vacated by Bob's Stores closure

 Cava opens in Westport this week, serving Mediterranean fast casual


Startups and Expansions in January 2024


 Iconic chicken chain Raising Cane's opening 3 CT locations

 Six Flags New England announces over 2,000 job opportunities

 Haven Hot Chicken fans line up for Middletown grand opening

 Aldi grocery store continues expansion, set to open its doors in Plainville

 Cozy new CT cafe to be 'another living room' for customers

 Studio 10 salon opens new Berlin location with help from state loan program

 CT reinsurance giant Gen Re expected to open offices in downtown Stamford in 2025

 Texas Roadhouse to open in Cromwell March 18, company says

 Big Y coming to Brookfield, Westport

 The Oliver Cromwell Tavern, a new restaurant and banquet hall, to open in February in Cromwell

 Ecuadorian deli, restaurant, juice bar opens at former Meriden Agway

 PopUp Bagels eyes expansion, could open 100 new locations

 Here are some of the new Starbucks stores opening in Connecticut this year

 Peruvian restaurant coming to Hartford

 Target advances Norwalk store plan, replacing Walmart

 Vernon's third Dollar General, opening this month, designed to maintain town's 'historic character'

 Green & Tonic opens in Darien, three more coming to Fairfield County this year

 Egg and Cheese cafe to open second location in Willimantic

 These businesses are expected to open in Connecticut in 2024


Layoffs and Staff Reductions in 2024



Walgreens to close 'significant' number of stores across U.S., impact to Connecticut unclear

TD Bank to close two Connecticut branches later this year

J Restaurant Bar in Hartford is closing after 54 years

Red Lobster moves ahead with plans to close North Haven restaurant amid bankruptcy fallout

Postal Service plans to cut back on places to process letters, cards in central Connecticut

Bob's Stores, EMS file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following Connecticut store closures

Stop & Shop will close 'underperforming stores.' Here's what experts in Connecticut expect to happen

Two Trumbull Center restaurants close, another has a new owner




Bob's Stores announces layoffs

EMS cutting about 150 jobs at Connecticut facility

Great Harvest Bread Co. in Vernon is for sale as longtime owners plan to retire

Blaming 'endless shrimp' promotion and costs, Red Lobster files for bankruptcy

After 20 years in the heart of downtown, the Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts studio is preparing to shutter its doors for good

Indeed to lay off 1,000 employees

Hartford's Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe abruptly closes after two decades of business

Wethersfield Diner being forced to close

Plymouth School district to eliminate 4 jobs

Shelton schools eliminate 8 teachers and 1 custodian to address budget deficit

Rue21 to close two Connecticut mall stores after bankruptcy filing

Not just Sikorsky: Here are other recent mass layoffs in Connecticut

More than 30 Hartford school employees sent lay-off notices




Express files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy announces store closures, possible sale

Eli's Orange to close on Sunday after nearly a decade, company announces

Hartford Public Schools to cut nearly 400 positions, citing funding issues

Sikorsky to lay off hundreds in Connecticut after Army helicopter decision

Four Corners Grocery Store is closing after 83 years: 'End of an era'

American Steakhouse to close Meriden location after 53 years

Fairfield's Small Medium Large Coffee Co. shuts down after 8 months in business

Westport's oldest toy store to close in April after 40 years in business

Mancuso's Restaurant & Bar in Fairfield to close its doors after nearly 50 years

Walgreen Distribution Center in Dayville to close





 Leading baked goods company Bimbo Bakeries closes three CT outlet stores

 Crafts retailer Joann files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; it has 10 stores in CT

 Texas Roadhouse in Cromwell opens Monday

 Berkins Blend Cafe closes one of its Hartford locations

 Thomas Baxer Music, the last music store in New Britain, closing in May

 Discount furniture retailer American Freight closes one Connecticut store

 Ballou's Restaurant & Wine Bar announces closing after 15 years in Guilford

 Dick's Sporting Goods closing store at Meriden Mall

 Layoffs coming at fuel-cell maker HyAxiom sited in South Windsor & East Hartford

 Hartford loses its 'Steam': City Steam Brewery closing March 31

 Sudden closing of Branford's Chowder Pot leaves customers w/ worthless gift cards

 Walgreens will lay off hundreds of people; close distribution center

 Hundreds of Family Dollar stores to close, CT impact unclear

 Watertown nursing home Trinity Terraces closing

 Bristol Hospital announces dozens of layoffs, including eliminating 60 positions




 Vernon shopping plaza loses another business as Salvation Army closes

 Bob's Stores to close in Norwalk, but plans to reopen elsewhere in city

 Rita's Italian Ice closing after 20 years on Queen Street in Southington

 National bank eyes more CT branch closures

 Rural CT ice cream shop, The Ice Box, closes its doors amid legal battle with town of Brooklyn

 Last anchor store in Waterford's Crystal Mall, JCPenney, to close

 New Haven biotech firm cuts 45 percent of its workforce

 Newtown manufacturing facility closing in April, eliminating 71 jobs

 Banking giant Wells Fargo plans to close another Connecticut branch in May

 Berlin collectibles store Clutch Cards closes without issuing refunds to customers with orders

 In huge blow for Sikorsky, Army scraps armed scout helicopter program

 Chute Gates Steakhouse and Saloon, a popular western and rodeo themed restaurant, closes

 Over 100 UPS employees are being laid off in Connecticut

 Freight Handlers LLC will lay off 383 employees when it closes its Manchester location




 Westport's DeTapas restaurant to close

 L.L. Bean to close New Haven store

 Xerox to cut another 15% of workforce, but impact on CT employees not clear

 Panera closes its location at Trumbull Mall

 Lena's Italian Kitchen in Manchester will close Jan. 20

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