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The New Haven Register reports that Stew Leonard’s, which has owned property in Orange, Connecticut, for more than a dozen years and has been trying to get the necessary approvals to build a store there, has decided to call it a day.

“It’s over in Orange,” Leonard told the Register. “It’s done, finished. We’re going west.” The paper writes that “for Leonard, west means New York and New Jersey, which is where the dairy mogul is looking to expand. He said there are no plans to add another store in Connecticut.”

Stew Leonard’s currently operates three stores in Connecticut - in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington - and one in Yonkers, New York.
KC's View:
The interesting battle that is shaping up here is between Stew Leonard’s and Fairway, both of which are family-controlled companies that emphasize fresh foods, and that seem to be focusing on the same kinds of markets. Since Stew Leonard’s is focusing future efforts on New York and New Jersey, and Fairway is moving from New York and New Jersey into Connecticut, that means we’re going to see some pretty interesting competition around here.