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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: August 3, 2020
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. July 2020 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in July 2020

Harbor Freight Tools opens its doors

Harbor Freight Tools is now open. Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said that the City of Bristol is pleased that Harbor Freight has chosen Bristol as the location for their tenth store in Connecticut. Justin Malley, economic and community development director for the City of Bristol, said that Harbor Freight is a family-owned business with more than 1,000 stores in the country.

Dutch's opens Pawcatuck store for vegan cupcakes and ice cream

There was a point when Tiffany Shultz had hit so many roadblocks in trying to open a storefront for her vegan cupcake company that she thought maybe it wasn't going to happen. But her business advisers hadn't forgotten about her through the pandemic, and Shultz couldn't let go of this dream. On Friday, she's holding the grand opening of Dutch's, a vegan dessert shop at 2 Prospect St. in Pawcatuck. Dutch's also sells soft-serve ice cream that is vegan, gluten-free and nut-free. One can get the ice cream in a colorful gourmet waffle cone, which comes in many flavors.

Goodwin University lands Rebel Dog Coffee as tenant for $8M commercial building

Rebel Dog Coffee, which operates locations in Plainville and Farmington, signed a lease this spring to occupy roughly 2,500 square feet of ground-level space at the three-floor commercial building, said Bryant Harrell, Goodwin's vice president for physical facilities, IT and security. The coffee shop will be located next to 4,500 square feet occupied by East Hartford-based American Eagle Financial Credit Union, which was the first committed tenant when the school announced the grounding breaking of the mixed-use development last fall.

Windsor pharmaceutical biz expands footprint by 40%

Arkansas-based SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC has expanded its Windsor manufacturing site by nearly 60,000 square feet, brokers say. SCA Pharmaceuticals, which opened the Rainbow Road facility in fall 2017, recently expanded its presence there by 40% and now occupies a total of 148,585 square feet, according to broker Sentry Commercial. Its operation includes a variety of office, manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse space. The commercial building is owned by Tradeport Development V LLC of Bloomfield.

Hartford Baking Company opens in Glastonbury, its third location

Hartford Baking Company has opened its newest bakery-cafe in Glastonbury, at 400 Hebron Ave. This is its third location, joining two in West Hartford. Kluger said the Glastonbury location has plenty of parking and a pastry kitchen, which will allow for a pastry chef to come in occasionally and create specials in-store. Online ordering will also be available, along with a self-service ordering kiosk on site.

Southington developer plans to build luxury ranches on college property

Hundreds of affordable housing units and a 55 and older community are options for the former Lincoln College property. Dennis Terwilliger, one of the owners of the 32-acre campus on Mount Vernon Road, said despite efforts by his company and the town, the property has been vacant since Lincoln College moved out in late 2018. 

Southington developer plans to build luxury ranches on college property

Hundreds of affordable housing units and a 55 and older community are options for the former Lincoln College property. Dennis Terwilliger, one of the owners of the 32-acre campus on Mount Vernon Road, said despite efforts by his company and the town, the property has been vacant since Lincoln College moved out in late 2018. 

Bankwell signs 10-year lease for New Canaan building as its new headquarters

Bankwell Financial Group has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 30,000-square-foot building at 258 Elm St. in New Canaan. Its subsidiary, Bankwell Bank, has 12 branches throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. The building will serve as the financial group's headquarters, which had been at 208 Elm St.

Cromwell manufacturer launches innovation center as part of $2M investment

Cromwell manufacturer Ripley Tools has spent $2 million to open a new Labs innovation center within its Nooks Hill Road facility. Ripley Tools makes products for the utility cable and fiber optic cable industries, including tools utility workers use to install cables. With the new innovation lab, engineers will be able to use equipment like 3D printers and CNC machining tools to prototype products, said Karen Verosky, Ripley's marketing director.

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in July 2020

Ann Taylor parent company files for bankruptcy

Parent company of Men's Wearhouse to shutter up to 500 stores nationwide

Virus prompts layoffs, furloughs at warehouse

Two hotels in Hartford are slashing jobs and could close as business plunges due to coronavirus pandemic

Trinity Health to lay off non-clinical staff amid pandemic

Gift chain with Stamford, Norwalk stores declares bankruptcy

Cheesecake Factory at Stamford Town Center to Close

Bristol manufacturer Barnes Group lays off 400 employees

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, plans to close dozens of stores

Connecticut-based aerospace company lays off 400 employees due to setbacks caused by coronavirus

Despite bankruptcy bailout, jeans retailer to fold Danbury, Westport stores

Bantam Cinema closed in Litchfield

YMCA Closing in Ansonia and Hamden

WARN Notices for July 2020

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