Sunday, March 1, 2015

Smiles Entertainment Center

Don't be fooled by the old signage "Smiles" is anything but. This once thriving entertainment center now looks like a scene out of Columbia Pictures feature film "Zombie Land". Complete with a Mini Golf Course, batting cage, full arcade and much more this true entertainment center was a staple in the community for over 35 years. In 2011 it's three decade run came to a halt when the economy was at an all time low, and just like that the family fun center was no more. It wasn't all fun and games here, the center has somewhat of a sinister past. In 2001 Smiles was host to a double stabbing where a party goer was stabbed three times, and most notable in 1994 when a gang battle erupted outside the center and a young boy was assaulted and others shot.  

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Xpect Discounts to close their largest CT store

MGI the parent company of  Xpect Discounts has announced that it will be closing it's 48,000 square-foot supermarket location at 100 Newtown Road in Danbury, CT on March 1st. Xpect Discounts has had a major presence in Connecticut since the 1980's and offers a full line of grocery and offers Deep Discounts on Closeout merchandise. This is the fourth store to close in the district; Methuen, MA (2002) Derby, CT (2012) North Haven, CT (2013)

Milford, Cromwell, East Haven Stores will remain open as well as the distribution center and corporate office in North Haven. MGI also operates over 60 stores under the name "Marcs" in Ohio.

Xpect Discounts is one of two companies in the United States authorized to sell overstock Target merchandise

2/20/15- MGI anounced that all XPect Stores will vacate Connecticut in 12 months

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