sketchersHAMDEN: The city’s Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, Dale Kroop, released a statement saying “despite the challenges in the retail and shopping center marketplace, Hamden has been getting positive news about its largest shopping centers.”

He added, “we are seeing continued interest in the Magic Mile and interest at Putnam Plaza in terms of alternative uses that will be good in the long run for the tax base and residents.”

The discount supermarket Aldi is set to open at the Hamden Mart on April 12th, the locally based Wine Merchant will relocate next door to Aldi during the summer.

stolenNEW HAVEN: Paul William Muzyka of North Haven, owner of Ace Amusements on Kimberly street has pleaded guilty to a “large scale fencing operation.”

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the plea, with court documents saying, ”at Ace Amusements, MUZYKA and others knowingly purchased stolen property from “boosters,” who typically were shoplifters with opioid addictions. The boosters stole the goods from retail stores such as Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Kohl’s, and sold the goods at Ace Amusements for approximately one-third of their retail prices. MUZYKA and others then resold the stolen goods at Ace Amusements, and also online at websites such as eBay.”

According to prosecutors the total value of the goods exceeded exceeds $5.9 million.

MUZYKA pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and one count of interstate transport of stolen property, an an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. A sentencing date is not scheduled. MUZYKA is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

Christian Nahas has been appointed President of Edible Brands, and will work from the company's "second" headquarters in Atlanta.

WALLINGFORD: Edible International is opening a second headquarters in Atlanta and has named Christian Nahas as President of Edible Brands, Nahas will work out of Atlanta.

In this newly-created position, Nahas will oversee all commercial operations of what the company says is “the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements and all-natural, fresh fruit snacks and treats.”

Founder and CEO Tariq Farid of Edible said that the brand's Connecticut headquarters will continue to serve as its home base, while the Atlanta office will provide Edible “with expanded franchise and retail resources. In addition, Atlanta's more central location and access to major transportation hubs makes it an attractive location to base much of the team needed to support the company's next phase of growth into new markets and product categories.”