BRISTOL – A ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomed area shoppers and dignitaries to Burlington at 657 Farmington Ave., where the business is officially open for business and $5,000 was donated to the Ellen P. Hubbell School.
“First of all, to our local school guests from the Ellen P. Hubbell School, thank you for providing us the opportunity to acknowledge extraordinary efforts for all your teachers in an unparalleled year and we commend you,” said Burlington District Manager Kristen Hunt. “Even in this unprecedented time, our teachers still need to teach our children and our children still need to learn.”
Hunt said the contribution was made in collaboration with its nonprofit partner, AdoptAClassroom.org.
Hubbell School Principal Kristine DeLeo thanked the others for the donation.
“I’m excited to bring this check back to school and plan with our teams to support out students with supplies that we need so they can have a great education,” said DeLeo. “We’re excited to have you as part of our community.”
The new Bristol location marks the 14th such store in the state and is noted for its selection in women, men, baby items, children’s clothing, home decorations and more. Roughly 60 to 70 jobs come with the new business.
“On behalf of all of us here and a lot of Bristol and regional customers that are anxious to (shop),” said Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “We are happy that this day has arrived. We’ve seen the signs and watched the work on the facade. The filling of this space is more than just another store paying taxes. It’s part of the resurgence of Route 6. We’ve had a lot of retail activity here that we’ve been fortunate to have.”
The mayor said such store fronts were not easy to fill and when a company is attracted to Bristol it was a win for the community because of the opportunity to have another shopping option.