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September 3, 2021

Developer, town officials debut Avon Village Center

Photo | Avon Village Center The new Whole Foods Market in the Avon Village Center.

Developers and town officials cut the ribbon on the first phase of the Avon Village Center, a sprawling office, retail and residential development in the heart of Avon.

The Sept. 1 ceremony marked the opening of a 44,000-square-foot Whole Foods at 50 Climax Road plus four other buildings totaling 57,000 square feet.

Other announced tenants are two national companies, AT&T and Ivy Rehab, and the local Whole Animal Grocery Store, which moved from another Avon location while doubling its size, said Kelly Coates, president and CEO the Carpionato Group of Rhode Island, the project developer.

Coates and Joe Pierik, Carpionato’s vice president for retail leasing and acquisitions, said they are negotiating with other potential tenants and expect a mix of national and local businesses.

“It’s definitely a fabulous site and Whole Foods is killing it,” Pierik said. “Their opening was phenomenal.”

The Avon Village Center occupies the space of the former Ensign-Bickford Corp., a long-time Avon employer that sold the property to Carpionato in 2011.

The project is in prime space—near Town Hall off Route 44 at Route 10.

The afternoon ribbon cutting was done inside the store due to heavy rain but earlier in the morning, Carpionato Group officials and Avon Town Manager Brandon Robertson joined Whole Foods employees as they broke freshly baked bread.

The project’s next phase will be primarily residential with mixed use, Coates said.

That work will involve the design and permitting of 150 residential units this fall and next spring with the project slated for full completion over the next five to seven years, he said.

Whole Foods said in a release that the new store will provide support to several local organizations including Forge City Works, the Children’s Museum of Connecticut, Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford, the Hartford Yard Goats Foundation and FoodShare. The Whole Kids Foundation will also grant $3,000 to the Talcott Mountain Academy to support its hydroponics enrichment class on growing garden vegetables. 

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