The Property: 449 Boston Post Road. Just next to Bank of America, almost on the intersection of Orange Center Road, the location is prime Post Road real estate. Formerly the location of Murphy & McCoy's Furniture and La-Z-Boy Furniture.
The New Tenants: Chef's Equipment Emporium, a cooking supply store based in Wallingford and Berlin. Open to the public, their motto is "When you think cooking, think Chef's." According to the Chef's Equipment Emporium website, Chef's has been in business for 40 years and started as DeMartino Store Fixture. Geared toward both home and professional chefs, they offer "high quality cookware, cutlery, bakeware, small kitchen electrics, residential cooking equipment, gourmet food and ingredients and gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets," according to their web site. The family business is run by Dominick and Michele DeMartino, according to the site.
The Business Side: The Commercial Record reports owners CEE Orange, LLC paid $1.45 million for the property.
"I am so truly excited to have Chef's relocating to Orange," said First Selectman Jim Zeoli in a statement published by the Commercial Record. "This is a fit that currently does not exist in Orange and will offer easy accessibility to both the commercial chef and the homeowners that are looking for commercial quality in a new kitchen or remodel."
Chef's has been well-received in other towns: their location in Berlin (possibly in part because it beat out an adult store called Very Intimate Pleasures.)
When Can I Go? According to Orange Economic Development, within October or November. Interior renovation is well underway at the site, and the Chef's logo recently went up in the front and side windows. (See photo.)
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