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Retail Cluster

Retail is an integral part of Hamden’s economy. Hamden has had a long history of being in the forefront of retail centers, with the Hamden Plaza and Hamden Mart among the first outdoor shopping centers in the U.S.

The opening and closing of retail stores is used as an indicator for how well the economy is doing. According to a report by the U.S. Commerce Department, total retail sales in 2011 were $4.7 trillion, an 8% increase from 2010. This was the largest year-to-year increase since 1999, indicating that the economy is slowly recovering.

Hamden is home to a variety of these retail stores and accounts for one of the major employers in town. In 2010, retail trade accounted for 14.21% and wholesale another 4.36% of total establishments in Town. Hamden welcomes retailers both large and small who believe they can make a positive impact in this community. The Town also offers substantial tax incentives and grants to small retail businesses trying to open or expand within the area.

Major Retailers in Hamden Include:

Stop & Shop

Founded as a single family grocery store and growing to a pioneer of the superstore, Stop & Shop was the first to introduce the self-service modern supermarket. Today they operate over 375 stores and are committed to delivering quality food at low prices. It is Hamden’s largest provider of retail jobs with approximately 350 employees.

Address: 2335 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 248-9615
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Founded in 1962, Kohl's is one of the largest discount department store chains in the United States, with more than 730 outlets located in 41 states. Kohls targets middle-income shoppers buying for their families and homes, the chain maintains low retail prices. Kohls is stocked with apparel, shoes & accessories for women, children and men, plus home products like small electrics, bedding, luggage and more.

Address: 2380 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 248-9656
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Bob’s Stores

Bob’s Stores is a chain of 35 retail stores in the Northeast. Founded as Bob’s Surplus in Middletown, Connecticut by Bob Lapidus in 1954, the chain expanded gradually until it was acquired by TJX in 2003. The chain targets moderate-income customers with a selection of footwear, workwear, teamwear, and activewear.

Address: Hamden Mart, 2300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 281-5441
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Old Navy

Old Navy is a popular American clothing and accessories retailer owned and operated by Gap, Inc. Old Navy operates a chain of approximately 850 clothing stores. Old Navy provides the latest fashions at great prices for the whole family.

Address: 2335 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 230-1991
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TJ Maxx

T.J.Maxx, sometimes referred to as TJ’s, is an American department store chain. With more than 1,000 stores, T.J.Maxx is a major clothes retailer in the United States. TJ Maxx offers rapidly changing assortment of brand name and designer merchandise at prices generally 20%-60% below department and specialty store regular prices on comparable merchandise, every day.

2335 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden CT 06514
Phone: (203) 288-8157
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Founded in 1986, Staples is the world’s largest office products company. They provide products and services in the categories of office supplies, technology, furniture, copy & print, and cleaning and breakroom.

Rob Vanacore, Store Manager
Address: Marketplace of Hamden, 2335 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 407-4250
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Originally based in Arkansas, Walmart quickly grew to become one of the largest international discount stores. The Walmart in Hamden offers a pharmacy, photo center and garden center in addition to their clothing, health, grocery and many other departments.

Nick Dehippolytis, Manager
Address: Hamden Mart, 2300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 230-0285
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Home Depot

Home Depot sells national brands and has a huge selection of tools for both the do-it-yourselfer and professional contractor. Their inventory consists of building materials, home improvement supplies, appliances and lawn and garden products. They are the fastest growing retailer in U.S. history. Home Depot also offers clinics so customers can learn how to do home improvement themselves.

Robert Carpentino, Assistant Manager
Address: 1873 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 248-5925 x102
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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft offers a wide selection of products for sewers and crafters alike. In addition to their merchandise, they also offer classes for customers about various sewing and crafting topics.

Address: Hamden Mart, 2300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 287-0311
Corporate Phone: (888) 739-4120
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LakeShore Learning Center

Lakeshore Learning Center offers a variety of educational products from furniture and art materials to puzzles and hands-on learning kits. Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. With materials for infants and toddlers through the 6th grade, they help children reach developmental milestones and achieve educational goals—while still having fun!

Address: 2335 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 287-0900
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Lee Partyka Chevrolet Mazda

Lee Partyka Chevrolet Mazda in Hamden is the local Chevrolet and Mazda new and used car, truck and SUV dealership. They have been in the same location for almost 50 years and are committed to offering the widest selection. They also have a professionally managed Parts & Services Department on-site, with extended hours to accommodate their customers.

Joseph Gallagi, General Manager.
Address: 200 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (877) 221-5184
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Bob Thomas Ford

For more than 30 years, Bob Thomas Ford has been Greater New Haven's Ford dealer of choice. They are the only Connecticut dealership to be awarded both the One Ford Elite Award and the President's Award, which is given to dealerships with outstanding customer service and sales performance. In addition, there is also an on-site Body Shop Department.

Mark Paladino, General Manager
2215 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: (203) 281-7500
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