The Litchfield Area Business Association this week received some inside information on Stop & Shop's plan to relocate to a new 37,000 square foot building in the Village Green commercial plaza.
Perley Grimes, a Litchfield attorney representing Stop & Shop, attended LABA's monthly luncheon Tuesday at the Litchfield firehouse and explained aspects of the grocer's plan, including the fate of the grocer's current 24,000 square-foot store on West Street.
According to Grimes, Stop & Shop would be responsible for filling the space if its plan for Village Green is approved by the town's land-use boards. Stop & Shop has a long-term lease on the property and would attempt to fill it with a retail business, Grimes said.
Grimes also discussed the benefits of Stop & Shop's plan, saying a new store would provide more products and services for customers and would enhance the local economy. Stop & Shop would increase its number of full-time and part-time employees from 90 to 130 if its plan is approved.
The proposed site in Village Green, Grimes added, would be far superior from a traffic and safety standpoint when compared to Stop & Shop's parking lot on West Street.