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Jul 17

Girard Ford

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 9:15 PM by Deb Hinchey

Everyone loves a Mustang or a big truck.  Well, the “Team” visited Girard Ford at 450 West Thames Street.  We met with Marty Hall, Scott Roys and Bob.  We toured their facility and show room.  Beautiful and plenty of terrific cars and trucks were found!  Girard Ford provides regional Ford sales and services and is devoted to customer service.  They have been in Norwich since the 60’s.

Girard has a large service department.  They employ 87 people.  Their commitment to service is such that they have a second shift service department to accommodate shift work customers.  How great is that?  Our Norwich businesses continue to provide what our citizens and workers need.


Jul 11

Interstate Auto

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM by Deb Hinchey

At 53 Taftville-Occum Road the “Team” met Lui Mejia, owner, as well as Elizabeth and Nicole who work in the office of Interstate Auto.  This business offers sales and service for all makes and models, foreign and domestic autos.  Lui opened the business two years ago and is busy.  He wants to grow his business and feels that he is competitive in sales of used cars/trucks.  He continues to see growth in the service area and is always looking to hire good technicians.

This is his own business and he feels strongly that good service is a must.  He maintains a good relationship with his neighbors and feels a part of the neighborhood.  This is just the kind of business that Norwich can be proud of.  Owner involvement is critical.  Stop by and you will be pleased.

Jul 11

Brody’s Seafood Market

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM by Deb Hinchey

The “Team” met with Tom Brodeur, the owner and developer of a terrific new market at 1 Bridge Street, Occum.  This was once Harry’s Market.  Tom has gutted the interior, replacing the windows, lighting, kitchen equipment, signs and awnings.  He has recovered old memorabilia from the attic of the building and created a historical corner with great stories from the past, some dating back to 1934.  There is a piano dated 1891, made in Chicago and sold in Norwich.  It is still upstairs along with the original wood floor and stage.  Dancing and other entertainment was at the time most popular.

More to the present!  The market will offer take out, fresh and frozen meats, seafood, deli grinders, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and a small convenience store area.  Tom is hoping to open any day now.  He has installed charging stations, so, come, get some home cooked food, charge your phone and enjoy a peaceful meal. Or, get take out and go across the street to the Red McKeon Park.  Summer and seafood go together.