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PetCo Added to Existing Line Up of Whole Foods, Panera Bread and EMS at Shops At Marcus Dairy

The Shops at Marcus Dairy may only look like a pile of sand and cement today, but at least four leases are lined up.

Eastern Mountain Sports and PetCo have both asked for building permits to begin their fit out at the Shops at Marcus Dairy on Sugar Hollow Road.

Sean Hearty, director of the Danbury Permit Center, said both PetCo and EMS asked for building permits on April 11. He said talks with Whole Foods are still preliminary.

"They're not talking about opening until the fall of 2013," Hearty said.

The other stores will open sooner.

"I think what you'll see is the stores open over a series of several months," said Attorney Neal Marcus, a member of the Marcus family, which owns this project.

Marcus said Whole Foods, which will anchor these group of stores, signed an agreement that says it will open its store within nine months of being given the space to fit out. That puts their opening sometime in early 2013.

"The stores will open up as soon as they finish their fit out. We don't really control that," Marcus said.

Many Danbury residents and people from farther away are unhappy because the former Marcus Dairy Bar was razed to make room for this development. A series of articles appeared on Danbury Patch about the Dairy Bar before and during the demolition. Follow these links to see these stories about the Dairy Bar.

So far, the line-up includes Whole Foods looking at a 38,200-square foot grocery store. Panera Bread looking for a 100-seat, 4,200-square-foot restaurant. EMS is looking for a 13,300-square-foot sporting goods store.

That leaves two small retail stores up for grabs in one building and another small retailer unknown in a second building.

The shops are across Backus Avenue from the Danbury Fair Mall.

Melissa Eigen, director of marketing for the mall, said she is looking forward to Whole Foods opening nearby.

Mark Langlois (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM
So far four comments on Danbury Patch's Facebook link to this story. (OK, one was mine.) From Sue Ruscoe: Wow no more Marcus Dairy?? :( Wendy Knapp-Ambrose: Come on, now that is truly awful. is the silo still there? Danbury Patch: Hi Wendy, The Silo is still there. In the photograph, it's to the left, not shown. Wendy Knapp-Ambrose: That just make's me so sad. And don't get me started on the mall!! thank you for the feed back.
Rome April 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I can't wait for Whole Foods to open. I wish it would be sooner however.
Jimmy Pursey April 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM
What a depressing array of stores. It sounds like any random exit in any town off any interstate.
Kate Talbott April 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It is so frustrating to see this new strip center going up as Main St. languishes. Why can't the city figure out how to lure good businesses downtown. And don't tell me lack of parking. The old A&P building has a very large lot as does the empty lot near the bus station. Danbury is shooting itself in the foot for allowing building like this to continue.
PJ June 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Absolutely nothing can ever reinvigorate downtown. When English is considered a foreign language, you'll never see good companies even consider putting something there. When you drive down the street and the signs are in Spanish and Portugese, this is what happens. The mall may have "helped" kill Main Street but 95% of its' demise is its' own doing.
liz June 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
the language isnt the issue- look at Astoria NY- Jamaica Ny Signs in every language -vibrant with all ages all races-alive and doing very well thank you- it is the business owners that need to step up. and open and caterer to the masses.Think Huntington Ny etc- you have to invest and listen and it will be vibrant I moved to Danbury for its diversity- but Danbury has to embrace it and consider it a positive verses a blight.. Movie theater, book store, cafe, good restaurants, stores- shopping - create the character and people will welcome it
PJ June 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Two different situations (welcome to Danbury though...) Downtown was (just 20 years ago) full of great Danbury/CT "institutions"...the jewelry stores closed/moved to the mall...Feinson's just closed....bars opened up and cater to a crowd that is not conducive to what you are referring to....too many other places people can (and do) go to instead of being concerned for one's safety in downtown Danbury at night!
Patricia July 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I welcome Whole Foods! It's very frustrating not being able to find a store that has a good array of organic and vegetarian selections. My two local grocery stores are getting rid of more and more of these type of foods. Hooray for Whole Foods...just wish you were opening sooner.
Bill November 11, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Does anyone know when Whole Foods is opening? The building looked pretty complete when I drove past a few weeks ago.
Mary March 14, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I hope it's opening soon. Will drive by tomorrow and see. I like their stuff even if it's an expensive treat!

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