Trumbull Porricelli's Closing Down for Good Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.

The owner, Jerry Porricelli, issued a press release Friday. One Patch User says they are giving cash for gift cards today (Dec. 28) at 11 a.m. through tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Another local business is shutting down in the Trumbull Center shopping plaza.

Porricelli's made its announcement Friday after a flurry of rumors the day before.

"It was no longer possible to keep the store operational and the assets have been turned over to the secure creditor," said company President Jerry Porricelli.

The store opened for business in April, 2002, and was one of three stores operated by the Porricelli’s family.  The store located in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich closed in 2009 and the store located in Old Greenwich was sold to Kings Food Markets in October 2012, Porricelli said.

Before it was Porricelli's it was the Grand Union grocery store.

“We are so grateful to the people of Trumbull and all of our customers over the past 10 years for their business and support of the store.  As a family-run business, we always treated our customers as family and worked hard to deliver on our promise, Passionate about Food, Passionate about Service,” Porricelli said.  “The store has had a lot of new competition over the past few years which has hurt our ability to be profitable and despite our best efforts over the past six months we have reached the conclusion that we can no longer continue to operate the store.”

Porricelli's joins the Trumbull Pets and Aquarium and Frances' Pastry, two businesses who have closed in the last year. The Bar and Grille closed but was replaced by the O Bar, and a Verizon store opened up in the former Radio Shack.

Longtime stalwarts Marie's Sandwich Shop and Mackenzies pharmacy are now the two oldest businesses in the center.

During discussions on revising the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, the public cited improving the Trumbull Center plaza as important. The owners have been remodeling it.

Tom Gallo December 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Good post Tony Dell- This closing is not a political issue so let's not make it one but rather a case of truly horrid ownership of a center going down the tubes fast. The tenants should all get together collectively with the 1st Selectman and the Dinardo regime to see how to make things better once and for all.
Pam Georgas December 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Gail, you are right about what Trumbull has 'kept out' We need to encourage a strong cultural framework/infrastructure, that will support our local economy, and enhance community life.
Tom Gallo December 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Since only a strong chain with a corporate connection can survive I'd like to see Trader Joe's consider the spot but we can only hope- Not sure they would put up with this small town ownership shenanigans. They are real Pros.
gail jarvis December 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
'Build it and they will come'............Thats a truism. We did not build it so...they did not come. Trumbull 'center' has no identity--never did. Its history of ownership is interesting unto itself. Check it out. Perhaps the 'new owners' are caught in a time-warp. Sure looks that way. Bloggers, puhleeze stop thinking this is a local government issue--its not. There are plenty of houses in Trumbull that are caught in the same time-warp and that too is NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE (Repubs or Dems). We live in a free market--you can take your business where ever. You will be welcomed.
Manny December 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
the store closed because it was dirty in and out. it catered to the Italian community no one else, Scalafani products every where. in order to survive in this tough market you need to diversify. management. was none existent. Its not he towns fault or the landlords.I'll add the customers for the most part came for specials and the FREE COFFEE that was it. In and out for the most part, I call them "cherry pickers" I.t became a viciouss cycle selective customers and no variety is a lose lose situation. In the end everyone ended up loseing the landlord the town ,customers owners and most important the employees and families


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