Storrs Center preps for return of students
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 14:08
Storrs Center businesses prepare for the return of UConn students after a summer slow down in business.
“It was slow and steady,” Sweet Emotions owner Barry Schreier said. “Business was down by 30 percent.“
Despite the drop in business, Schriever said the summer went well, even better than expected.
In efforts to help boost business, select stores and Mansfield Downtown Partnership are offering promotions and sales. Sweet Emotions is working with The Flower Pot to offer chocolate and flower deals.
Schreier explained that the businesses meet once a month to discuss cross-promotions and build better relationships.
Groups such as StoDo Arts, a local organization created by community member and co-founded by Schreier, are working with Storrs Center to increase customers. StoDo Arts aims towards making Storrs Center a “regional destination to celebrate all that is Storrs-Mansfield,” as stated on the organization’s website.
The group organizes a weekly movie and music series to be held at Storrs Center.
“The pleasant outcome [of such events] is that it helps boost customers,” Schreier said.
Even the Storrs Center Management, Layland Alliance, along with Mansfield Downtown Partnership are taking steps to help attract more customers.
According to Schreier, they attend monthly meetings with the business owners, partner with different groups and individuals, and organize events to bolster the attractiveness of Storrs Center, according to Schreier. More information about such events can be found on the Storrs Center official website, storrscenter.com.
To boost profits after the summer and attract students, individual shops will also be holding promotions during the start of the semester.
FroYo World will be offering discounts of 15 percent to first-year UConn students at the start of the school year to recuperate from summer losses explained a FroYo World employee.
Many of the shops that accept Husky Bucks will be on campus during the Week of Welcome to hand out coupons and promote specials.
The Storrs Center will continue to grow in the coming year.
‘We’ve leased out all the space that are available. We have even leased out places that haven’t opened yet,” a representative from Charter Reality and Development, Storrs Center’s commercial leasing broker said.