Lovley said he expects restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses to do well in the area. Nearby 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 are under construction near the Lowes and Target stores on West Street.
“It should be good with those two hotels,” Lovley said.
Lovley is building a 125-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the 1095 West Street site. The hotel focuses on short-stay family and business travel.
West Street will be the third location for Cheshire Coffee, which started in Cheshire and expanded to Waterbury.
Jason Wagoner, an owner, said the Southington location is perfect for their market of specialty coffee. It also has ample parking and is located near a highway exit. The Southington location will also have a drive-thru window.
“It’s set off enough to get away from the world,” Wagoner said.
The company started as Greenwich Coffee in 2009 and five years later became Cheshire Coffee. Wagoner said they are very particular about keeping their coffee tasting good at all their locations.
“We’d never do a franchise,” he said.
The company hopes to open 10 locations eventually.
“We’re slowly expanding, day by day,” Wagoner said.
Mellow Mushroom is a pizza chain primarily located in the South with the closest location in New Jersey. Lovley said the company’s expansion to Southington is part of a two-store foray into Connecticut. The other planned location is in Rocky Hill.
The restaurant’s theme is 1970s hippie: The menu includes munchies, the logo is a cartoon mushroom, and the specials include a personal pizza.