Trader Joe's Submits Plans for Location in Manchester

Trader Joe’s has plans to open a new location at the Plaza at Buckland Hills in Manchester.

Town officials confirmed that the company has submitted plans for a store at the former Eastern Mountain Sports location in the plaza.

This would be the second Trader Joe’s location in the Greater Hartford area, the first being in West Hartford.

Trader Joe’s is a grocery market chain originally founded under the name Pronto Markets in 1958. The company is focused on packaging “innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods” under their brand name.

Gary Anderson, director of planning and economic development for the town of Manchester, said the new owners of the Plaza at Buckland Hills have been focused on new investment in the area, including new tenants like Trader Joe’s and other improvements like a makeover of the center façade and a Tesla supercharging station.

“This news speaks to Manchester’s continued status as a premier business location. We have seen a good deal of reinvestment in Buckland Hills recently and both national retailers and local businesses continue to see Manchester as a desirable place to locate,” Anderson wrote.

It was not immediately clear how long it would take for the store to move in.

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