Norwalk roundup: SoNo Collection, Wall Street Theater and NRVT

A rendering of the Mercedes Benz showroom expected to temporarily occupy The SoNo Collection, on file in the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Office.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk developments:

  • Amazon and Mercedes Benz coming to The SoNo Collection
  • Farricker: Theater booking is weird
  • A way forward for the Norwalk River Valley Trail


Updated SoNo Collection tenant list

“Amazon plans to open its first Connecticut brick-and-mortar retail outlet in Norwalk’s SoNo Collection mall by the end of the year,” Westfair Communications announced recently.

The Amazon 4-star is set to occupy 3,600 square feet, according to its tenant fitup application on file in the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Office. Also set to open soon is a Mercedes Benz showroom – but only temporarily.

Amazon 4-star features products rated at 4 stars or more, “is a top seller, or is new and trending,” Amazon states on its website. “It’s a physical store that carries a highly curated selection of products from the top categories across Amazon.com including devices, consumer electronics, toys, games, books, kitchen, home, and more. Every product in the store is rated 4 stars and above by our customers, is a top seller, or is new and trending on Amazon.com.”

The floor plan for the Mercedes Benz store planned to be in The SoNo Collection.

The Mercedes Benz retail floor will encompass 4,641 square feet. The official opening date is set for Nov. 22 and the store will be open to Jan. 26, documents say. It will have a virtual reality element, according to P&Z staff.

That makes the updated store list:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Abercrombie Kids
  • Altar’d State
  • Amazon 4-Star
  • Apple
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Barry’s Bootcamp
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • CAMP
  • Casper Mattress
  • Chico’s
  • Clarks
  • EQ3
  • Evereve
  • H&M
  • Hollister
  • iFix
  • J. Jill
  • Journeys
  • Kay Jeweler’s
  • Lush
  • L’Occitane
  • Made in China
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nordstrom
  • Pandora
  • Pinstripes
  • Pretzelmaker
  • Sephora
  • Soma
  • Talbots
  • Tempur-pedic
  • Tutti Nails
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • White House Black Market
  • Yong Kang Street
  • Yard House
  • ZARA USA Inc




Farricker muses on theater’s progress

The Wall Street Theater is “getting more calls from bigger agents,” developer Frank Farricker said recently. “I think we’re really just starting to get on the map. It’s a weird business, the booking business.”

The once-dilapidated theater reopened in mid- 2017 under the auspices of The Wall Street Theater Co., a nonprofit headed by President Suzanne Cahill, after a $10 million renovation that was partially funded by tax credits. It originally opened in 1915 and is a National Historic Landmark, having been called, at various times, The Regent, The Norwalk Theater, The Globe Theater and The Roxy, but had been closed for a decade.

Business began on a rocky note with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, which closed in May.

Farricker in late September said Hillsong Church, which has been offering Sunday services at the theater for more than a year, is going to twice a day. The most successful act had been Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams, who sold out the 700 seat-theater on Nov. 10.

There’s a lot more to booking than making agreements; it’s about artist’s personal preferences and “some people don’t like the Capital because it’s too big but we’re not big enough,” he said. “The industry is starting to figure out who we are. So now there are people more interested in playing.”

The trade magazine Pollstar divulges attendance figures for artists and “if Pollstar says they’re going to sell between 500 and 1000 tickets, I’m interested,” he said. “…I don’t think that there’s a huge demand for you know, a lot of stuff around here. …We got 400 people for a Fleetwood Mac tribute act.”

Here’s some excerpts from recent press releases, advertising upcoming acts:

  • Stand up, magician, and ventriloquist Andy Gross will be performing at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut on Thursday, October 24th.”
  • Grammy Award-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes will bring her solo acoustic tour to Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT on Friday, October 25th.”
  • The Garcia Project will bring back the music of The Jerry Garcia Band to Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT on Saturday November 2nd. They last performed at the Wall Street Theater back in April earlier this year.”
  • Living Colour’s founding member Vernon Reid will bring Band of Gypsys Revisited to the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturday, November 9th. Band of Gypsys Revisited is a recreation of the classic 1969 live funk record by the Band of Gypsys.”
  • The Short Cuts Film Festival will bring an evening of outstanding international short films selected from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT on Tuesday, November 12th.”
  • 80’s Pop Icon Tiffany will bring her Pieces of Me tour to the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturday, November 16th.”
  • Marcia Griffiths, known as the Queen of Reggae, will perform at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT on Friday, November 22nd with Lady G.”
  • Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon will bring their John Denver Christmas show to the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT on Saturday, November 30th!”


Looking for ‘a plan to finish this project’

An effort to work out difficulties in finishing the Norwalk River Valley Trail appears to have hit some paydirt.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), Mayor Harry Rilling, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), State Sen. Will Haskell (D-26) and Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice met with representatives from Gov. Ned Lamont’s office recently “to discuss accomplishing additional progress” on the NRVT, a press release said. A joint statement was released:

“Since 2012, Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail and local and state officials have worked to complete the trail’s vision of connecting the communities of Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Danbury with a scenic route for the public.

“Coordinating local and state efforts on a long-term vision like the Norwalk River Valley Trail has many built in historical challenges, but we believe our recent productive meeting could result in a way forward to map out a plan to finish this project. Numerous municipalities, Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, generous citizen and business donors, as well as the state and federal governments have strived toward one goal, which is to finish the Trail. Our conversations will continue.”



“NRVT is an approximately 30 mile wheelchair accessible recreation trail that will connect Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach with Danbury’s Rogers Park,” the release said. “Approximately 8 miles of the NRVT has been completed in Norwalk and Wilton. When finished it will allow the public to bicycle, walk or jog through the scenic natural areas of Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and Danbury. In addition to providing access to natural features, including lakes, streams, meadows and woodlands, the NRVT will offer a healthy transportation alternative to rail stations, schools and businesses. The NRVT will connect the urban centers of Norwalk and Danbury with the surrounding towns of Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding.”




Celeste Champagne October 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Besides “tweeting”, “liking” and “sharing, would you add an “eMail” ability to your list?

James Cahn October 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm

@Celeste: Right click the URL address bar and select “Copy.” Open your email and hold down CTRL and press V. You’ll be all set.

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