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2012 Brings Cheshire Business Closings

Long-established Brix restaurant is third local business this month to close or liquidate.

The fine-dining establishment, suddenly closed its doors last week, making it the third high profile local business to either close or announce its closing in the first weeks of 2012.

The 5,300 square-foot building at 1721 Highland Ave. that housed Brix for about 15 years, is for sale for $750,000, according to real estate agent, Press Cuozzo Commercial Services.

The owners of the former restaurant, Bernard and Onelia Gayraud, couldn't be reached for comment, but the listing shows the building, furniture, fixtures and equipment are included in the sale offer.

Just six months ago, Brix hosted a well-received forum on economic development for members of the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce. The dining room was packed with business representatives.

Two other highly visible local businesses - Holly's Hallmark Shop and Toyz Toy Store - are both holding liquidation sales with the intent of closing their doors in the next month or so.

A message posted at Holly's at 191 Highland Ave. in Maplecroft Plaza, notes the owners, Ron and Mary Taylor, have decided after 30 years of ownership, to close the store.

"It is with a heavy heart that Ron and I have decided its time to close our doors as we move forward with the next chapter in our lives," the note states.

Just down the street, Toyz Toy Store in the Watch Factory Shoppes at 136 Elm St., is also going out of business. Owners Bill and Anne DeFusco announced their intentions last week as they launched a liquidation sale. The couple also owns a store called Mr. D's at 50 North Main St. in Wallingford.

Both the toy store and the Hallmark store are leased locations in highly visible shopping centers in Cheshire. The Brix location, according to the listing, has a  traffic count of 17,500 cars a day.

Leslie Hutchison January 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
What kind of restaurant would you like to see open in the Brix location?
Cheshire News January 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Word on the street is that Owens Deli is closing for good in a couple weeks as well. Not sure if its confirmed, but customers are being told that by employees.
Terry Terzakis January 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
If Cheshrie would start to develop the north end, we'd have more people who would patronize a restaurant like Brix. Now the north end is just a pass through to get to the highway.
Kathy January 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I'm sorry to hear about this & the other businesses closing in Cheshire. It is a very difficult market out there! I closed my own business here in Cheshire a year & a half ago. Cheshire is a hard place to shop because of how it is set up. No great community gathering areas where people can spend time. It would be nice to have a restaurant that is not Italian or pizza as we have enough of that here. A place I could bring my family for dinner. Burgers & wings would be a good fit!
Laurie Rich Salerno January 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We tried to go to Brix last week, called up and heard the news. Really sad. They had great food.
Mary Ellen Kania January 20, 2012 at 02:01 AM
We had a family reunion dinner at Brix last July that was wonderful! Our children, all living in the Boston area and used to the many fine restaurants there, said the food was outstanding. They were all truly impressed! I was shocked to see that Brix had closed. We've lost a very fine restaurant. Mary Ellen Kania
Cathy Vellucci January 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Not happy that Toyz allowed me to purchase a gift certificate the week before they made their announcement.

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