Ground-breaking ceremony in New Haven Wednesday for Jordan’s Furniture
May 5, 2015
NEW HAVEN >> Construction of Connecticut’s first Jordan’s Furniture has gotten underway in the city’s Long Wharf section, and city and company officials will make it official with a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday.
The 11 a.m. ceremony at 40 Sargent Drive, the former home of the New Haven Register, will include New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Eliot Tatelman, president and chief executive officer of the Massacuhusetts-based chain. Heather Copelas, a spokeswoman, said the New Haven store is expected to open sometime this fall.
The construction of the store will employ 500 construction workers, Copelas said. When Jordan’s Furniture opens, it will employ more than 200 people, she said.
Construction fencing has surrounded the building for weeks now. But it wasn’t until last week that commuters along Interstate 95, which runs right past the 13-acre site, began to notice bulldozers digging up what used to be the parking lots that surrounded the building.
The 192,500-square-foot store will include an on-site restaurant. When plans for the project were first announced in June 2013, Tatelman told residents of the adjacent Hill neighborhood that the chain’s other five locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island included other retail cotent, such as Bose, a stereo equipment manufacturer and retailer.
The announcement of the ground-breaking sent to Connecticut media outlets on Tuesday makes no mention of other businesses. When asked about why there were no other retail components mentioned in the announcement, Copelas declined to comment, saying the issue will be discussed at the ground-breaking.
The newspaper’s operations moved out of the Sargent Drive location last September, relocating to 100 Gando Drive in the city.
What Jordan’s is really known for is its mix of retailing and entertainment. The chain’s Natick, Massachusetts, store has an IMAX 3-D Theater and its Warwick, Rhose Island, store has a 15-minute laser light and water show.
Tatelman and his brother Barry, who is no longer involved with the company, sold it to financial guru Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 1999. Eliot Tatelman has said Buffet lets him run Jordan’s “like it’s still a family business.”