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February 2, 2023

Evergreen Walk adds new tenants, as major developments eye spring debut

Photo | CoStar The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.

New tenants have opened at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk while larger developments in the retail center are taking longer than expected.

Evergreen Walk’s most recent addition is The Lovesac Co., a Stamford-based business that sells customizable, modular and washable furniture. It opened Jan. 20 in the south section of the main drag, between Old Navy and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

Another new shop is Dude’s Donuts, which originally started as a food truck business and opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the center of Evergreen Walk on Dec. 10.

The Shake Shack building, which is nearing the end of construction at the roundabout in north end of the shopping area off Buckland Road, broke ground in June. The 3,200-square-foot restaurant will have a canopied outdoor seating area and 30-car parking lot.

It was originally projected to open at the start of 2023, but spokeswoman Katie Scott said that the milkshake and burger restaurant is now expected to open before spring as workers are now putting the finishing touches on the property.

Another development expected to be complete by the spring is the Goddard School, an early childhood education franchise.

Lauren and Quinten Smallwood own the school to be located at 538 Evergreen Way not far from the Shake Shack.

Spokesman Joe Markle said the school will be nearly 13,000 square feet in size and have 12 classrooms for more than 150 children.

The Goddard School also will include two outdoor play spaces and an indoor gymnasium.

Further north beyond the roundabout, the new Whole Foods grocery store is still under construction across from Shake Shack. A solid beam skeletal structure is up with minimal exterior walls. The project broke ground in June, but no clear opening date has been set.

“Shake Shack and Whole Foods have been on target to open according to their respective plans and leases, and we anticipate successful openings for all of our new tenants,” said Paul Brandes, principal of Charter Realty and Development, the corporate manager of Evergreen Walk.

Brandes said Evergreen Walk expects to add eight new national tenants this year. 

Whole Foods is being built on the former Old Navy and Sakura Garden restaurant site and will occupy 40,000 square feet. Another 10,000 square feet will be available for lease.

Old Navy moved its store and reopened on Aug. 24 at the southern end of the Evergreen retail area, across from Burton’s Grill. Sakura set up shop near Emerald City Smoothie and Connecticut Mattress on July 6.

Nike also appears to be coming to South Windsor soon. Next door to New Balance at the Promenade Shops is an empty storefront bearing signs that read “Nike by South Windsor.” 

Elizabeth Zigmont with Image Marketing Consultants said that J. Jill, a women’s apparel, accessory and footwear store that had originally been in the Old Navy area, will also be returning to Evergreen Walk. It’s unclear when or where, however.


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