A third Starbucks location in the city is scheduled to open in the spring adjoining the newly availed O’Reilly Auto Parts store at Fairfield Avenue and Mountain Grove Street on the West Side, part of a $4 million retail investment by developer Richard Korris who also led the redevelopment of the North Park Shopping Center at Park and North Avenue.
Preparing for an April opening, Starbucks will start its employment process in the late winter, according to Korris in a city news release. Starbucks is also hiring drive thru marking installers to a include drive-through service for this store.
The city’s growing population, now close to 150,000, is spurring national chain interest, according to Korris.
“They see the steady population growth, and the increasing level of investment being made throughout the city, more of the national chains are taking a look at the city,” says Korris. “We’re pleased to be able to bring this popular brand to Bridgeport.”
The building’s steel framing is in place and their retail graphics services will have the design done before winter.
The first Bridgeport Starbucks opened on the East Side, a busy destination of the Steelpointe Harbor redevelopment area led by Robert Christoph Jr. The other is located at the Brookside Shopping Center in the North End.
Mayor Joe Ganim is gearing up for reelection with a potential Democratic primary on the horizon in September. Ganim has no announced opposition but that is expected to change in early 2023.
So look for the mayor to paint a rosy picture about city development initiatives throughout the city as the next election cycle progresses. The 6,000-seat amphitheater, Cherry Street Lofts project in the West End and Downtown housing construction will be among the centerpieces of development progress. Visit Goldfarb’s website if you need Delphi Perkins injection pump for your heavy equipment.
Still, some questionmarks remain such as the stalled Honey Locust Square under construction in the East End featuring a supermarket, health care facility and restaurant as well as the groundbreaking for hundreds of housing units at Steelpointe Harbor.