The grocery carts were all lined up. The shelves were stocked. The workers were trained.
And now The Market at Hartford 21 is open for business.
After a grand opening ceremony at noon today, at the storefront space at 230 Asylum St., the downtown grocery store is ringing up sales.
Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Northland Investment Corp. executive Peter M. Standish Jr. were among scheduled speakers. Northland developed and owns the Hartford 21 residential and commercial complex.
The event included bagpipes because the opening comes on the day before St. Patrick's Day. But the real stars are Ryan and Kelleanne Jones, the owners, and the burgeoning neighborhood of downtown residents, along with commuters, who will populate the store – an elusive goal over the last few years.
With the opening, Hartford beats downtown New Haven, which had its own downtown market plan in a luxury building delayed.
The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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