New life for old Stop & Shop plaza as Burlington Stores, Michaels, announce grand openings

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MANCHESTER, NH – Two popular retailers are ready to cut the ribbons on their new location, in the old Stop & Shop plaza at 777 South Willow St.

Burlington Coat Factory will hold its grand opening on May 1, followed by the grand opening of Michaels on May 17.

Burlington Stores, a leading national off-price retailer, is opening its brand new store on Friday, May 1, 2015. At 9:30 a.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening and Family Fun Day of celebration, including Burlington Gives Back, a philanthropic program dedicated to donating new merchandise to local charitable agencies in communities surrounding Burlington locations.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Manchester community, bringing even more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” says Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO, Burlington Stores.

This new Burlington store will hire approximately 75 associates.

The return of Burlington Coat Factory to South Willow Street.
The return of Burlington Coat Factory to South Willow Street.

On Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first 500 customers will receive a free gift, and there will be opportunities for gift card giveaways, face painting, popcorn and more!

Regular store hours:

9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Sunday – Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday

This new Burlington store will hire approximately 75 associates.

About Burlington Gives Back: Hosted in partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the program will donate new merchandise to locally-based Families in Transition, which provides innovative, comprehensive and effective interventions specifically designed to help homeless individuals and families reach beyond the cycle of homelessness to lead healthy and successful lives.

In addition to Burlington Gives Back, to celebrate the new store openings, Burlington also partners with DonorsChoose.org to help fund local school projects submitted by teachers within each new store community. And throughout the year, the new store will join all other locations nationwide in hosting the retailers key tent-pole cause marketing programs – Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, The Red Dress Event in support of Women’s Heart Health


Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, will launch in its new location May 17, replacing its former location at 1111 S. Willow St.

The store will employ about 60 people.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. and doors open at 10 a.m. Michaels will be giving away more than $1,500 in gift cards and prizes throughout the day.  In addition, customers can win items for the whole family from the plinko prize board, which includes jewelry, art supplies, stickers and more. On Saturdays kids can explore their creativity with $2 Kids Club crafting events that continue all year long.

“We hope everyone will come out to help us celebrate during our grand opening festivities on Sunday,” says District Manager Brett Ramsdell. “Our new store features thousands of products that will inspire every crafter at any level from beginner to expert, plus classes for our customers to learn new skills.”

The store features an open design with wider aisles, warm colors and brighter lighting. Key departments are expanded and re-organized for easy shopping:

  • Home decor and floral offers wall art, tabletop decor, dried and silk floral for DIY or custom arrangements as well as vases, candles, decorative storage boxes and seasonal items.
  • The scrapbooking and paper crafts department features more than 3,000 styles of stickers and embellishments, plus loose paper, card stock, “bling” and a vast assortment of tools for cutting, cropping, edging and stamping.
  • The jewelry department has thousands of different styles of pre-strung and packaged beads, along with specialty findings, pendants, charms, tools and organizers.
  • The kids and tweens department inspires creativity through a vast selection of craft supplies and activity kits, plus everything needed for creating A+ school projects.
  • The art supplies area includes an expanded canvas selection and fine art papers with more shapes and larger sizes, more than 230 brushes and a broad selection of acrylic, oil and watercolor paints, drawing pencils, pastels and easels.
  • Custom framing features an open-style work area that encourages a hands-on design experience, with expert framers to help select mats and mouldings for all styles and budgets.
  • Get fresh inspiration while mastering new skills with Michaels’ variety of classes. Cake classes cover basic design as well as advanced techniques for fondant and gum paste. Crafters can put their spin on the latest jewelry trends with jewelry making classes working with a variety of styles and techniques. Paper crafting classes show how to make cards, banners and even wreaths like a pro.  New yarn classes run the gamut from simple arm-knit scarves to intricate crocheted animals.

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