Route 25 shop­ping cen­ter nears open­ing in Mon­roe

Mix of busi­nesses planned for site

The News-Times - - BUSINESS - By Jor­dan Grice

Though it missed a planned spring­time de­but, de­vel­oper Vito Catale has the fin­ish line for his new Mon­roe shop­ping cen­ter in sight.

The Mon­roe res­i­dent and part­ner John Chaves, of Eas­ton, are pre­par­ing to open the Cross­roads Cen­ter in com­ing weeks at 464 Main St. The 13,700-square-foot re­tail cen­ter across from the Cum­ber­land Farms gas sta­tion and the Clock Tower Square plaza will add to the town’s string of busi­nesses along its main com­mer­cial cor­ri­dor.

“It’s a gate­way to the north and it’s go­ing to help bring more jobs and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to go with more shop­ping,” Catale said.

De­vel­op­ers had orig­i­nally planned to open Cross­roads in June, but the project hit a snag, which Catale said was

due to con­struc­tion changes.

The project has been on­go­ing for the last two years since it was first ap­proved at the end of 2016. The duo set out to bring eight new busi­nesses to their 2-acre par­cel along Route 25, which serves is home to a string of busi­nesses.

“It was go­ing slowly, but we got there fi­nally,” Catale said. “(We’re) re­lieved that it’s go­ing to be fi­nally done.”

The de­vel­op­ers have said they wanted to bring a mix of na­tional brands and small busi­nesses to the project. Though an of­fi­cial list of ten­ants hasn’t been re­leased, Catale said res­i­dents can ex­pect a new pet store, bank branch, Ver­i­zon store and Mediter­ranean restau­rant

to be fea­tured at Cross­roads at open­ing day.

He added that they are in on­go­ing talks with other po­ten­tial ten­ants for the re­main­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing a new Chaves Bak­ery lo­ca­tion. Chaves owns sev­eral bak­eries un­der the brand through­out Fair­field County.

Town of­fi­cials are look­ing for­ward to the ar­rival of Cross­roads Cen­ter and mo­men­tum it will

cre­ate for busi­ness devel­op­ment in town.

Ray­mond Gio­vanni, pres­i­dent of the Mon­roe Cham­ber of Com­merce as well as the re­cently named chair­man of the eco­nomic devel­op­ment com­mis­sion, said the fo­cus for of­fi­cials and the ex­ist­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity has been on mak­ing the town more invit­ing for new busi­nesses to set up along ma­jor cor­ri­dors like Route 25 and 111.

“The cham­ber and eco­nomic devel­op­ment can work to­gether now on this mis­sion to move for­ward, so this is great news for us not only for the four ten­ants that are com­ing to that fa­cil­ity, but that’s go­ing to help cre­ate the mo­men­tum here in Mon­roe to foster more busi­nesses com­ing to town,” Gio­vanni said.

Jor­dan Grice / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

A new shop­ping cen­ter will be open­ing soon at 464 Main St. in Mon­roe.

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