BERLIN — The town held 25 official ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremonies between May 2020 and April 2021, compared to six held between May 2019 and April 2020.
The total includes businesses that opened and expanded. The establishments include five restaurants and eateries, two fitness centers, four personal service businesses, five retail stores (three with showrooms), a massage and physical therapy center, financial services center, manufacturing and mechanical services center, a social club, and a family-owned commercial flooring firm.
“The number of businesses, developers, and entrepreneurs that chose to locate in Berlin during the past year is great news for our town’s economic future,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski.
Additionally, the town welcomed two residential/commerical projects. Steele Center at 889 Farmington Ave. and Turnpike Ridge at 220 Berlin Turnpike are slated to provide new jobs, new retail spaces and new apartments. The two developments include over $30 million in private investment.
“To see this much mixed-use development under construction, especially during COVID, says a lot about what the commercial and residential development community think about Berlin,” said Economic Development Commission Chairman Dave Cyr.
The list of Berlin establishments that celebrated opening or expansion in the past year include:
Complete Sheet Metal, 496 Four Rod Road; Rooster’s Chicken & Waffles, 1240 Farmington Ave.; Berlin TOD Boulevard Project, 903 Farmington Ave.; Turnpike Ridge, 220 Berlin Turnpike; Focus Physical Therapy, 1138 Farmington Ave.; M. Frank Higgins & Sons, 199 White Oak Drive; Strength In Numbers, 131 Webster Square Road; Courtney’s Dips & Sauces, 1400 Berlin Turnpike; Sudor Taino, 220 Berlin Turnpike; Edward Jones, 1073 Farmington Ave.; The Color Platform, 848 Farmington Ave.; Burger Boss, 224 Berlin Turnpike.
Also, Box Bistro, 378 Main St.; Italian Club,16 Harding St.; M C Barber, 1427 Berlin Turnpike; Adaptive Therapeutic Massage, 31 Seymour Road; Provision Coffee, 848 Farmington Ave.; The Pho Bar, 224 Berlin Turnpike; Barbology, 160 Webster Square Road; Cuts of Wood, 201 Christian Lane; Brass City Tile, 33 Webster Square Road; Sam’s Food Stores, 301 Berlin Turnpike; Steele Center, 9 Steele Blvd.; Clutch Cards & Collectibles, 848 Farmington Ave.; Douglas Mechanical, 820 Four Rod Road.