Finishing Touches are All White. Restoration Hardware Ribbon-Cutting Set for Friday

all whiteOn Friday, May 16 at 11:00am,  Restoration Hardware‘s CEO Gary Friedman and First Selectman Peter Tesei will host a ribbon cutting ceremony inside the store’s new 23,000 sq ft. building at 310 Greenwich Ave.

The existing Restoration Hardware store at 239 Greenwich Avenue will close after the new location opens, but an employee who answered the phone, “Restoration Hardware, The Gallery,” said she did not know the exact timing.

In weather that felt more like August than May, Town employees were busy planting thousands of white flowers outside the former post office.

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bruceHundreds of flats of white petunias were lined up in flower beds as temperatures hovered around 84°.

“So much for spring weather in the 60°s,” said one worker as he drank a bottle of water and wiped his brow.

“Everything is white,” he added referring to the flowers. “But that’s what they want.”

The 17,000 square ft. facility was built as a post office in 1917. The building, included on National Register of Historic Places, was offered for sale by the U.S. Postal Service in 2010.

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Back in 2011, the Post Office at 310 Greenwich Ave. In May 2014 the building retains its historic facade, yet the “UNITED STATES POST OFFICE” lettering are gone, replaced with “RH” for Restoration Hardware. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Renovation in progress at 44 Amogerone Crossway, former home to Choice Pet Supply. Credit: Leslie Yager

Once the Postal Service began sorting mail at the 29 Valley Drive facility, the building at 310 Greenwich Ave was more space than necessary. Subsequently, the Post Office relocated to a smaller building that formerly housed Choice Pet Supply at 44 Amogerone Crossway. In the re-shuffle, Choice Pet took a space beside Whole Foods.

At Thursday’s Board of Selectmen meeting Tesei said, “Anyone interested in seeing what they’ve done to that edifice should come take a tour.”

Following the ribbon cutting on Friday, Restoration Hardware will open officially for business at 310 Greenwich Ave.

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