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Too Many Chain Businesses in North Haven?

Could mom-and-pop shops survive and thrive in North Haven with so many chain retail businesses dominating the commerce in town?

If you see something you’d like to discuss with your neighbors, e-mail nicole.ball@patch.com.

Last week North Haven Patch writer Nancy Barnes brought you the story of North Haven Shopping Center at 117 Washington Avenue – the story of possibly the oldest unenclosed chopping center in New England. Shopping plazas can arguably define the commerce of North Haven with five major centers, including North Haven Shopping Center, dominating business in town. The other major centers include: the Target/North Haven Pavilion at 100-220 Universal Drive, North Haven Cross II at 400-470 Universal Drive, Home Depot Plaza, 111-555 Universal Drive, Stop & Shop Plaza at 49-91 Washington Avenue and the newest center, North Haven Commons, 300-398 Universal Drive.

Business is fairly strong among these plazas with just about 13 percent of the 100 shops vacant at this time. North Haven Commons sales representative told Patch last week the their occupancy rate is good in that center and all stores are performing well.

Most businesses, save for many of those in North Haven Shopping Center, are chain retail businesses like Panera Bread, Staples and TJ Maxx.

Do you think there should be more “mom & pop” businesses in town? Could they compete and thrive? 

Polly October 08, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I wish that whole area where the North Haven Commons is now was taken by Stew Leonards. The town of Orange didn't want Stews. Why doesn't North Haven make room for it? It would be a great addition and bring in a lot of people. I for one travel 45 minutes out to the Berlin Tpke just to go there. I wish Stew Leonard's owner would think to come to North Haven, North Branford, or Durham. I am sure these towns would welcome the store! I know I would!!
thomas October 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
we need a white castle down here badly
Robin Keohane October 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I wish we had went for a more stylish approach like Glastonbury did, I actually love the store selections and the layout is contemporary,clean and chic! Restaurant choices are great! I would personally rather see a Max on main than another burger joint, especially one you can buy at any grocery store! Target is great and few others OK but traffic can be a nightmare who would approve a project of that size with a horrible egress an ingress. The biggest problem is yet to be seen! My 83 yr old mom was born and raised on Bailey rd and she tells me stories of several hurricanes that when high tide hit all of universal drive was under water!! It came to her back yard and it looked like an ocean! So let's hope everyone down that way has flood insurance because as a town that could be a horrible disaster not to mention possible loss of life! Thanks FYI

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