October 21, 2021

High Gold

Its The Taste Of Gold

New home decor retailer coming to Common Drive in North Haven

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NORTH HAVEN — A Texas-primarily based dwelling decor retailer will open up its 2nd Connecticut store early future 12 months in the North Haven Commons Purchasing Centre on Universal Push.

Very first Selectman Michael Freda stated renovations required to develop the 85,000-sq.-foot house for retailer At Property are expected to commence in about a thirty day period. The renovations will involve combining the a few different storefronts when occupied by Toys R Us, Toddlers R Us and Ulta Cosmetics, he reported.

“It’s heading to acquire numerous months prior to it opens,” Freda reported of At Property. “This is a fascinating retailer that sells over 50,000 products for each and every place in the home.”

The previous Infants R Us keep at North Haven Commons in North Haven photographed July 13, 2021.

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The retailer is expected to open early next yr, said Daniel Zelson, a founding principal in Charter Realty & Improvement, the Westport-based mostly leasing agent for the house.


“There’s a great deal of do the job that has to be performed to get this ready,” Zelson explained.

“But when it opens, this is a retailer that is likely to entice a whole lot of men and women to North Haven that aren’t presently buying there now,” Zelson said.

At Property, which at present has 225 merchants in 40 state states, has only a single other location in Connecticut, at the Plaza at Burr Corners in Manchester.

On-line house decor vendors these types of as Boston-centered Wayfair have turn out to be additional of a factor in that section of the retail marketplace. But Burt Flicinger, taking care of director of New York City-based Strategic Resource Group, stated “At House has a pretty solid standing for high-quality and price even though Wayfair tends to be likely after an entry degree and mid-array price issue.”

Flickinger stated At Property “has a tremendous opportunity” to steal shoppers away from other, far more recognized regional and nationwide household decor merchants by expanding in Connecticut and other New England states.

At Home competes versus a selection of merchants for a share of the residence decor industry, he reported. Amongst its most important opponents are Bed Bathtub & Beyond, Williams Sonoma and Restoration Components.

Even home enhancement shops this kind of as Lowe’s have increased their emphasis on property decor products, according to Flickinger. One way for At House to increase its brand name consciousness in Connecticut, he mentioned, is to commit greatly in advertising and even sponsor women’s sporting activities at the collegiate and experienced degrees.

The former Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores at North Haven Commons in North Haven photographed July 13, 2021.

The previous Toys R Us and Toddlers R Us shops at North Haven Commons in North Haven photographed July 13, 2021.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

“Women possibly make or are dependable for currently being the most important influencers in 80 per cent of retail purchases,” Flickinger explained. “Support women’s sporting activities and it gets a huge financial commitment for them (At House), just one that their level of competition has unfortunately ignored.”

Zelson stated At Home’s signing of the lease is the culmination of two many years of negotiations that had been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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