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July 7, 2014 Deal Watch

Morneaults retooling their two downtown Hartford stores

HBJ Photo | Gregory Seay Hartford's Frances Sloane Interiors designed the makeover underway at Stackpole Moore Tryon/Tuesday's women's department at Pratt and Trumbull streets downtown.

Two of downtown Hartford's biggest boosters and landlords — fashion merchants Jodi and Ron Morneault — are the latest to join the reinvestment land rush underway on center-city properties.

The husband-wife entrepreneurs first opened their Tuesday's men's-women's fashion boutique downtown at Asylum and Ann Uccello streets in the '70s, and still own several units of their Maison Morneault apartments overhead.

In 2007, they bought long-time men's/women's fashion retailer Stackpole Moore Tryon, relocating their boutique to Stackpole's 10,000-square-foot landmark store at Pratt and Trumbull streets.

Five years later, before Christmas, the Morneault's debuted what they initially intended as a seasonal “pop-up'' outlet store on Pratt Street, offering past-season and overstock men's and women's fashions.

Not long after the pop-up's successful inaugural season, the Morneaults opted to make their pop-up permanent. Now, they are renovating the 1,620-square-foot Stackpole/Tuesday's Off The Rack site at 45 Pratt St. — with fresh paint, new and more merchandise racks, among other improvements.

This is one year after a light refresh of the men's half of Stackpole/Tuesday's down the block.

Simultaneously, Stackpole/Tuesday's women's department is undergoing a thorough retooling, hastened by flooding last October when a back-room boiler ruptured, dousing nearly the entire women's section, Jodi Morneault said.

The Moreneaults are investing a “significant sum'' in new carpeting, parquet wood flooring, paint and fixtures, she said. Northland Investment Corp. is landlord for their main store at 242 Trumbull St.

An extra bonus awaits Jodi Morneault from the women's department makeover: A sales-floor cubbyhole that at various times has displayed shoes or clothing, will be converted, finally, into an office for her.

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Ex-Redington site sold

A 38,100-square-foot Windsor industrial building recently sold for $550,000.

Hedlom Realty Co. sold 130 Addison Road to eponymous buyer 130 Addison Road LLC in May, according to buyer's broker Colliers International. Sentry Commercial represented the seller.

The building formerly housed Redington Counters Inc., a maker of mechanical and electromechanical counters for water meters and other equipment.

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Windsor Management's deals

Windsor Management Co. has been hired as facilities manager for a commercial property at 855 Winding Brook Drive in Glastonbury.

The building consists of 33,000 square feet owned by The Nutmeg Group LLC.

Windsor Management also was involved in various Windsor commercial leases and renewals as sole broker, except where noted:

At Kennedy Business Park, 425-431 Hayden Station Road, Simplex Grinnell LP leased 8,900 square feet at 429C Hayden Station for general offices and a service center. CB Richard Ellis was tenant broker. Windsor Management represented landlord Kennedy Parks LLC.

Singulus Technologies Inc. renewed its lease for 5,200 square feet of office, assembly and storage space at 429D Hayden Station.

New England Communications Systems Corp. also renewed its lease of 7,234 square feet at 427B Hayden Station for sales and service offices and warehouse.

At 530 Hayden Station Road, International Transfer Service leased 21,000 square feet for office, light assembly and distribution from landlord Windsor Associates Hayden.

At Kennedy Technology Center, 900-920 River St., a pair of leases were inked with landlord Kennedy Parks LLC.

Kampf Machinery Corp. renewed its 6,000-square-foot office-light manufacturing lease at 900H River St.

At 920B River, Emo Trans Inc. re-signed for 12,000 square feet office-warehouse space for freight-forwarding operations.

At Mallard Crossing Business Center, R.D. Weis Cos. Inc. signed for 2,500 square feet at 52C Connecticut Ave. as offices, service and storage with landlord Connecticut Avenue Associates LLC.

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Greg Seay is the Hartford Business Journal News Editor.

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