Business 2022 in review: Sale of mall — and good food — big news

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As we head into 2023, it’s time to take another look back at the end of 2022 and highlight the most noteworthy business news on

1. April 20 edition: Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center, Commons sale: Two properties, the Brass Mill Center and the Brass Mill Commons, the city’s retail hub, sold together for $45 million, according to city real estate records. The new owner, Brass Mill Center Realty, has ties to New York-based Cohan Retail Investment Group. Cohan Retail Investment Group has a track record of buying and operating distressed shopping malls. Read the story (53,600+ views):

2. August 19th: Waterbury’s Milite Bakery closes for the first time in years: A bakery that distributed bread to local grocers, farms and eateries was saddened to close. Founded in 1932. Read the story:

From left, owners of Eagle’s View Deli & Diner on Walcott Road, Ben Waterbury, Rosa Arroyo and John Waterbury. (Steven Valenti Republican American)

3. November 14: Watertown landmark Davuley’s gets new name and menu: The restaurant pays homage to the restaurant’s long history while planning a slightly more upscale menu and experience. Read this story:

4. July 28th: ​​Michaels retail store opens at Southbury Plaza: National arts and crafts retailer Michaels plans to fill one of several spaces that have been vacant for more than five years after Kmart closed in 2017. Read the story:

5. January 17: Starbucks draws lottery in Torrington: Developers proposed building the city’s first stand-alone Starbucks at 1166 East Main Street. Read the story:

6. January 10: Eagle’s View fills the void as Walcott’s only deli/diner. The 28-seat restaurant serves breakfast and lunch classics with sit-down takeout Monday through Saturday. Read the story:

PB & Jelly Deli owner Sade Vargas makes sandwiches at her deli in Walcott. The opening of the deli was her story in 2022, making her the seventh largest business at Rep-am. (Steven Valenti Republican American)

7. Nov 7: Face of PB & Jelly Deli: Vargas puts her stamp on the business: Wolcott’s PB & Jelly Deli offers guests traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, plus comforting snacks that many grew up enjoying, such as peanut butter, chocolate, sriracha panini or grilled jelly and cheese doing. Read the story:

8. Nov 23: Woodbury Former Ski Area Proposed Upscale Destination and Spa: New York developer plans to turn long-closed Woodbury ski area into a more upscale destination with bakery and cafe, farm-to-table restaurants, farm store and health and wellness spa submitted. Read the story:

9. April 25: Waterbury’s original Nardelli’s continues to grow after 100 years. In 1922, three brothers became owners of a small grocery store on South Main Street opposite St. Anne’s Church in Waterbury. Restaurants have come a long way. Read the story:

10. Nov 21: Hometown halal hits: Islamic fast food finds niche in Waterbury: Abdulrahad Atta, who opened the halal spot, said food cooked in traditional halal style is becoming more sought after because of its healthy and nutritious qualities. Read the story:

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