Bristol Plaza, Bristol, Connecticut

If you were planning on heading to Bristol Plaza, you’re in for a surprise.

All of the trees are gone.

Last Month, the trees that once had made the plaza so appealing were removed.

The plaza is currently owned by Federal Realty. The company said the trees were removed for better visibility.

Anchored by Stop & Shop, TJMaxx and Pier One, Bristol Plaza is a popular spot servicing customers with national tenants including Dressbarn, Starbucks, and more.

However there are multiple vacancies. Recently Payless Shoes went out of business, Dee’s Laundry and Dominos relocated and a few more vacancies.

Why so many vacancies?

2019 is a transformational year for retail. Technology continues to change the rules of engagement, consumers are more demanding than ever, and getting them to notice your retail store amid all the noise in the market is challenge.

What about the trees?

Trees are critical for cooling down warming cities, where temperatures are expected to increase an average of 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.

The shade that trees produce can cool surfaces like soil and pavement.

But trees can also lower the surrounding daytime summer air temperature up to 10 degrees, thanks to water evaporating from their leaves.

Additionally, in recent years, the state’s tree lined streets have taken a hit due to overdue maintenance. The removal transforms the once beautiful streets into a sunny, hot and unappealing look.

That’s why preserving mature trees that form a canopy should be a priority.

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