Hartford Business Journal

November 20, 2017

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www.HartfordBusiness.com • November 20, 2017 • Hartford Business Journal 3 EDITORIAL Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness.com Gregory Seay | News Editor, ext. 144, gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Matt Pilon | News Editor, ext. 143, mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com John Stearns | Staff Writer, ext. 145, jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com Patricia Daddona | Web Editor, ext. 127, pdaddona@HartfordBusiness.com Stephanie Meagher | Research Director Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer BUSINESS Joe Zwiebel | President and Publisher, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Donna Collins | Associate Publisher, ext. 121, dcollins@HartfordBusiness.com Sara Lavery | Office and Project Manager, ext. 137, saralavery@hartfordbusiness.com Allison Williams | Office & Sales Coordinator, ext. 122, awilliams@HartfordBusiness.com Amy Orsini | Events Manager, ext. 134, aorsini@HartfordBusiness.com Jaime Rudy | Sales Director, ext. 124, jrudy@HartfordBusiness.com David Hartley | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Christopher Mazzaia | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 128, cmazzaia@HartfordBusiness.com Kristen P. Nickerson | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 133, knickerson@HartfordBusiness.com Karen Spatafora | Accounts Manager, ext. 131, kspatafora@HartfordBusiness.com Raki Zwiebel | Credit and Collections Manager Valerie Clark | Accounting Assistant/Office Manager Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager PRODUCTION Christopher Wallace | Art Director, ext. 147, cwallace@HartfordBusiness.com Liz Saltzman | Creative Director, ext. 140, lsaltzman@HartfordBusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Joseph Zwiebel | President, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscriptions are $84.95. To subscribe, visit HartfordBusiness.com, email hartfordbusiness@cambeywest.com, or call (845) 267-3008. ADVERTISING: For advertising information, please call (860) 236-9998.Please address all correspondence to: Hartford Business Journal, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hart ford CT 06103. NEWS DEPARTMENT: If you have a news item: Call us at (860) 236-9998, fax us at (860) 570-2493, or e-mail us at news@HartfordBusiness.com. Hartford Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Hartford Business Journal (ISSN 1083-5245) is published weekly, 49x per year — including three special issues in July, November and December — by new England Business Media, LLC, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hartford, CT 06103. Periodicals postage paid at Hartford, CT and at additional entry points. Tel: (860) 236-9998 • Fax (860) 570-2493 Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O. Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894 www.copyright.com HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL www.HartfordBusiness.com (860) 236-9998 Newsmakers Halt the shovels "We've stopped construction and we're reassessing whether or not we can go forward." Horizon Group Properties CEO Gary Skoien's reaction to his company's sudden announcement that it was suspending development of its $105 million shopping mall plaza at Rentschler Field in East Hartford after project financing fell through. Budget already bleeds red ink "The governor's caution regarding our ability to get through ( fiscal year 2018) in balance under the bipartisan budget passed by the General Assembly was well-warranted." Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes' reaction to a new analysis that projects the recently enacted two-year, $41.3 billion state budget is already in deficit by $175 million this fiscal year. Andrew Sufian General Manager, The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com The countdown has begun toward launch of the holiday shopping season — technically from this week's "Black Friday" through year's end — and Andrew Sufian, who runs one of the biggest malls in the region, said the industry's busiest time of the year is a blast. Sufian, general manager at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester since 2014, calls it a fun, exciting time at the shopping center. The center, which opened in 1990, has over 100 retailers and a variety far beyond traditional apparel, Sufian said. It also has six full-service restaurants, 12 fast-casual dining options and entertainment like Dave & Busters and a comedy club, Funny Bone. Buckland Hills, with over 1 million square feet in gross leasable space and anchor tenants that include Macy's, J.C. Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods, enters its holiday season orbit from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving and is back at it from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, with extended hours through the season. While full days off are hard to come by for Sufian this time of year, he gets some rest and relaxation, thanks to his strong staff, he said. Before Buckland Hills, Sufian was an operations man- ager at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, where he spent nearly 10 years in various management roles, while also earning a law degree from Albany Law School and a bachelor's in business and law from Skidmore College. What's the biggest challenge you face in your job? I don't necessarily consider this a challenge, but it is top of mind: We are always evaluating the changing needs of guests and working to bring new uses and brands we know our community has come to expect. What's the biggest challenge facing The Shoppes at Buckland Hills? Remaining competitive in a market that is highly saturated with retail. What's the biggest opportunity you face in your job? To continue to develop the center into one of the region's best destinations for retail, dining and enter- tainment. What's the biggest opportunity facing the mall? To continue to develop our mixed-use offerings to complement those that have found great success here, such as Dave & Busters, H&M and Maggie McFly's. What's the competitive landscape like in the Greater Hartford shopping center industry? Retail is very competitive in this market, but we have a great edge and success through our dining and entertainment. We are constantly in conversations with tenants to expand offerings for customers. Tell us something about you many people don't know. When I was younger, I was a competitive skier and able to do flips — not so brave anymore. VERBATIM www.kelsercorp.com 43 Western Blvd, Suite 150 Glastonbury, CT 06033 860 610 2200 One affordable solution. 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