New stores and progress for West Street plaza in Southington

New stores and progress for West Street plaza in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — A West Street plaza under construction has been nearly filled with tenants except for the last storefront, which could be a package store or an urgent care, according to the developer.

Mark Lovley got approval for two freestanding buildings, a commercial plaza and hotel for West Street near Executive Boulevard. He’s since sold the hotel to a developer from New Jersey and has worked to secure tenants for the plaza.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, one of the freestanding buildings, is nearly complete. Lovley said it’ll open in the next few months. Paving should take place in the third week of November.

“We’re moving,” he said.

The other freestanding building is Nutmeg Credit Union.

In the main plaza, Lovley said there’ll be a Cheshire Coffee location, Silk Nails, a pizza restaurant, an orthodontist and a St. Francis Hospital general practitioner’s office.

The independent pizza restaurant replaced Mellow Mushroom, which Lovley said had planned to come to Southington. A group from the company’s corporate offices never showed up to visit the property.

“Mellow Mushroom never came through, we never heard from them,” he said.

There’s a 2,800-square-foot space still available. A package store and an urgent care have both expressed interest, Lovley said, and the first to sign a deal will get space in the plaza.

Fiona Phelan, spokeswoman for St. Francis Hospital, said the doctor and services to be offered in Southington have yet to be decided. The office will likely be under the Trinity Health of New England which includes several hospitals.

Across the street from Lovley’s development are the former Hartford Insurance office buildings, which have been mostly filled with other businesses. A HomeGoods store, Chip’s Family Restaurant and other stores were recently built near the Lowes and Target stores on West Street.

The hotel will be a Mariott Courtyard. Lovley expects it to open in about a year. The 125-room Mariott focuses on short-stay family and business travel.

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