At a shopping mall, it is something they like even better than Santa Claus coming to town: A new business moving in. There are a couple of big, new business moving into Milford‘s Connecticut Post Mall, and officials say it is part of a trend.
Crews from Dave and Buster’s spent Friday morning moving in 150 arcade games for its early November opening. It is exactly the kind of business today’s malls are trying to attract.
“I know a lot more of the malls are trying to go to entertainment complexes as opposed to shopping areas,” said Dave & Buster’s Assistant General Manager Brian Asbury. “So we’re a great place for the entertainment as we have all of the food and all of the games.”
Running all those games requires a lot of people. Right now, Dave and Buster’s is running a hiring center at a Holiday Inn Express just down the street. The company is looking to hire 235 people.
“We are definitely looking for people who want to have fun at work,” Asbury said. “Looking for bright personalities, people who are just really outgoing because, at the end of the day, we want you to feel like you’re really welcome and having a great time and Dave & Buster’s.”
This is happening just days after the opening of the new Boscov’s department store at the same mall.
“Boscov’s and Dave and Buster’s are really injecting a huge new economic burst into the city,” said Mayor Ben Blake, (D) Milford.
Blake is maybe the person who is the happiest to see Dave and Buster’s arcade coming together. More business mean the city comes out the big winner.
“It’s adding to our grand list, and when our grand list swells, we are able to cut taxes fro everyone, businesses and residents alike, so for the last 3 consecutive years, we have had tax cuts,” Blake said.
Blake also said it is not just the mall, but up and down the Post Road and in shopping areas all over the city, they have a 96% occupancy rate in Milford stores right now.