Shopping center

Opening of the new Long Hill shopping center in Trumbull

TRUMBULL – In what appeared to be a cross between a business opening and a treasure hunt, several Trumbull officials and members of the local business community trotted from business to business at the new Long Hill Market on Friday morning , happily cutting ribbons and posing for photos at new ventures.

It was a way for each company to be celebrated, without interrupting employees too much, said Trumbull’s director of economic and community development, Rina Bakalar. “Everyone is trying to operate while we’re doing this,” she explained.

But behind the somewhat chaotic atmosphere of the serial ribbon cuttings at 6450 Main St. was what Bakalar and others consider a real source of pride for Trumbull and its people.

The Long Hill Market, on the former site of Marisa’s restaurant, has been in development for several years and is now home to four new businesses – Summer Evans Studio, Dunkin Donuts, Elevate Physical Therapy and Premier Martial Arts – along with an Italian restaurant. Ecco should open around Thanksgiving.

Bakalar said the 16,000 square foot market is a real turning point for Trumbull, moving from a rundown property that has been unoccupied for some time to a gleaming retail complex. “It’s a big improvement,” she said. “It’s an aesthetic improvement and an environmental improvement.”

Among those present at the event was head coach Vicki Tesoro, who also praised the project. “It’s a real home run for our community,” she said, adding that Trumbull is a great place for growing businesses looking to find their niche.

“What do you need as a business? You need customers,” Tesoro said. “We bring our customers to you and you bring your businesses to us.”

Among the business owners who temporarily stepped out to participate in Friday’s grand opening was Julian Trotman, owner of the Premier Martial Arts at the market. Part of a national chain, Premier offers a variety of classes for children and adults, and the Trumbull site is Premier’s first location in Connecticut, Trotman said. He said he was looking for a site for his franchise and “this is by far the best site I’ve found.”

Fred Petrossi, the new president of the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, also showed up at the inauguration. “I think it’s a nice complex,” he said. “We are very optimistic. It’s a great location.