May openings planned for two stores

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Lisbon - posted Tue., Mar. 22, 2011
A new Lowe's home improvement center is scheduled to open in Lisbon in May. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.
A new Lowe's home improvement center is scheduled to open in Lisbon in May. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.

Two new businesses are slated to open this spring in the Target plaza on Route 12 in Lisbon.

Lowe’s - a home improvement, building supply and garden center - and Aldi - a discount grocery store - are both anticipating May openings.

The parking lot at Lowe’s is already paved, lined and landscaped, and the interior is approaching the finish line as well.

“The inside is just about done, with a few minor odds and ends to clean up,” said project superintendent Roy Frazier of Tri-C Construction. “We’re trying to get it open as soon as we can.”

Once Lowe’s approves the interior work, they will start setting up racking, a process that will take a couple of weeks, Frazier said. After that point, when the town issues a certificate of occupancy, employees can begin stocking merchandise, he said.

Construction got underway last September for the 117,000-square-foot store. Lowe’s spokesperson Stacy Lentz said that a store of that size typically employs 125 people.

As staff positions become available, they will be posted on the website, she said.

Bad weather this winter disrupted the construction schedule for the Lisbon Aldi, said corporate director of real estate Bruno Lourento. “Our goal is to be open before Memorial Day,” he added.

Bruce Persohn, vice president of the store’s South Windsor, Conn., division, said that the 17,000-square-foot store will employ seven to 10 people. A hiring event was held March 23 in Norwich to fill staff positions for cashiers and managers, he said.

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