Plainville had large growth in service based businesses and restaurants last year, looks forward to more in new year

Published on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:44
Written by Ciara Hooks


Plainville’s director of economic development and special projects highlighted some of the new businesses that either opened or expanded and new developments in town during a webinar hosted by the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce.

Cal Hauburger, Plainville economic development director, said the previous year was a difficult one due to the coronavirus pandemic, and although several new businesses did open in town, it wasn’t as big of growth as previous years. However, there was growth in one specific area.

“The most growth actually came in both service based and restaurants,” Hauburger said

Some businesses, like Peak Performance and Training, The Stronghold, Trenta Tavern, Don Bigote Mexican Grill, Powerhouse Motorsport, Hungry Bull Burger Company, Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum and Americold Distributions opened. Other businesses, like Rebel Dog Tavern and Connecticut Motor Cars, expanded.

“Additionally I did want to note the development of By Carrier,” Hauburger said. “Their latest was housing development Trumbull Meadows that broke ground back in June of 2020 and we’ll see 55 single family homes and 22 carriage style homes. That work will be completed relatively shortly here in the New Year.”

Hauburger said Plainville companies received at least 87 approved PPP loans of $150,000 or more.

“In comparison to both Berlin and New Britain, Plainville is much smaller in terms of square mileage and population and so the activity moving forward just in terms of developable open land is much less,” Hauburger said.

Economic development projects in 2021 include Americold Distribution and Logistic Center.

“The parent company Ahold Delhaize owns over a dozen grocery store chains including Stop & Shop, Food Giant and Food Lion,” Hauburger said. “This property closed in the spring of 2020 and construction began this fall after some site work during the summer. When it’s completed the building will encompass 250,000 square feet and add over 130 new jobs to town and will serve as the distribution hub in New England for cold and frozen food deliveries for those parent companies in the area. When it’s fully operational, and this will happen in 2022, it will make them the second highest tax payer in town.”

The second project is the former White Oak Construction building.

“We recently completed the full environmental site assessment in late June of 2020. This fall we did issue an RFP to potential developers to see if what they saw was a potential,” Hauburger said.

The last project is that of the land surrounding the Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Hospital on North Mountain Road, owned by the Tomasso Group.

“The majority of that land is located in the Connecticut bio-science zone, so it is eligible for some additional tax benefits from the state” Hauburger said. “On a conceptual basis there are options for over two million square feet of new office space and research centers. We have worked with the Tomasso Group a little bit late 2019 into 2020, but that effort really slowed down due to covid, but they are hoping to create a biomedical corporate campus center. That can be another hub of innovation.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:44. Updated: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:46.