The former Friendly's restaurant on North Colony Rd. in Wallingford, Monday, July 1, 2013. Kiwi Spoon, a frozen yogurt shop, will move from its current location at 736 N. Colony Road, to the new site at 956 N. Colony Road in the same plaza as Holiday cinemas, lower right. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal)
July 16, 2013 12:35PM
By Eric Vo
WALLINGFORD — After Friendly’s closed its doors last year, patrons of the Holiday Cinemas Stadium 14 were unable to enjoy ice cream in the same plaza on North Colony Road. But with Kiwi Spoon set to move into the vacant building, patrons will be able to stay onsite to enjoy dessert again.
Kiwi Spoon, a frozen yogurt shop, will move from its current location at 736 N. Colony Road, to the Friendly’s site at 956 N. Colony Road, according to the property manager for that section of the plaza. Work was recently completed on the exterior of the building to remove the “Friendly’s” logo. Renovations have also started on the interior. A sign at the site says the frozen yogurt shop was coming soon.
A manager at Kiwi Spoon did not return a call for comment on Monday. Ray Sohmer, the property manager for the Friendly’s site from New York-based Philips International, said he spoke with the tenant, and said the plan is to have the shop open in a month. Kiwi Spoon’s lease at its new location will last through 2019, he said.
Town Planner Kacie Costello said that because the business moving into the building is the same kind of use, another permit doesn’t have to be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Department.
“If it’s replaced by an in-kind use — a restaurant to restaurant — they wouldn’t need anything from us other than a signed permit when they’re ready to put up a sign,” Costello said.
Although Kiwi Spoon is the newest shop to open its doors at the North Colony Road site, it will be the third business to join the plaza within a year.
Wood-n-Tap opened in April this year, taking over the building where Humphrey’s was located next to Bruegger’s Bagels. Humphrey’s closed all of its stores in 2011.
Moe’s Southwest Grill is also opening soon. Construction is going on at the former Pocket Wireless building.
Kiwi Spoon will be the second frozen yogurt shop to open in that area of town. Froyolicious, at 994 N. Colony Road in the plaza containing Town Fair Tire, is 3/10ths of mile away from where Kiwi Spoon will open.
Robert Laflamme, who owns Holiday Cinemas Stadium 14, said he is looking forward to Kiwi Spoon’s opening.
“I’m absolutely excited. It’s compatible with our use of the cinemas and I think the customers will really like it,” Laflamme said. “I like seeing a tenant move into a space and I know it’s been empty for a while. It’s great to see someone move into there.”