NEW BRITAIN - The four or five open storefronts in Little Poland could be occupied by the end of the year, according to the publisher of a Polish-American newspaper based on Broad Street, the heart of New Britain's Polish community.
Darek Barcikowski, publisher and managing partner of the White Eagle, said he “wouldn’t be surprised if they get filled up” before 2018 comes around.
Barcikowski said the area has been a popular spot in the last few years for new business owners and for current owners looking to relocate. It has become a booming shopping and dining area that attracts local residents as well as out-of-towners.
Considering how many businesses there are in the area, Barcikowski said, four or five vacancies “really isn’t that many.”
The area designated as Little Poland extends roughly from Roly Poly Bakery, on Main Street, to the end of Broad Street.
While a majority of businesses are Polish-owned, Barcikowski said several are owned by members of the city's Hispanic community.
“It’s a mixed bag,” he said. “I know there’s a beauty parlor and some nail salons.”
Barcikowski said no one type of business is being targeted for the vacancies; generally any business is welcome.
And although it would seem that Little Poland could expand outside of its current area, given its recent upsurge in popularity, Barcikowski said that's unlikely.
“ I really don’t know where you would be able to expand commercially. The only areas you could go are residential.”
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