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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.