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New Retailer to Open in Bristol While Another Shuts Down

You can now add another tenant to Bristol’s oldest Plaza. The owners of Bristol Plaza, announced the addition of Five Below to Bristol Plaza – the affordable retailer will be located in the former Roz & Ali store next door to Stop & Shop. Renovations are currently underway and the new store is expected to open sometime in late summer.

As the economy slowly re-opens, we are very happy to have a new store to add to the mix,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “Federal Realty’s team has been working very hard to bring a new mix of stores to the Plaza, and we hope that there will be more announcements soon.”

Five Below is value retailer offering trend-right, high-quality products for tweens, teens and beyond. Items are priced $1-$5, and some extreme value items priced up to $10.

While Five Below is filling a new spot, Goodwill in Shop Rite Plaza recently moved everything out. The company announced it would close the Bristol location in mid-June but abruptly shut down last week.

Jeremy Mooser, director of communications for Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut told the Press, “Our Bristol retail store has been open for 16 years. The community has been very welcoming to and supportive of us since we opened, which we greatly appreciate. But, when a store performs poorly, it limits our ability to provide employment and support services to those who need them most. While we have enjoyed being part of the community, we do not have any plans to reopen in Bristol at this time.”

Goodwill says more than 80 percent of its funding is through retail sales and tough decisions had to be made.

However, you can still donate all of the clothes and other things you find in your house while spring cleaning.

Goodwill in Plainville located at 349 New Britain Ave will remain open. The store however is temporarily closed dues to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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