Developer Paul Scalzo anticipates construction to begin in May on the rest of the Litchfield Crossings buildings for the plaza at 169 Danbury Road (Route 7 South).

GNC, Great Clips and Webster Bank recently signed leases to be part of the 40-acre plaza. Panera Bread anticipates opening its restaurant now under construction in the spring.

Kohl's, HomeGoods and Big Lots, all of which opened last fall, are drawing shoppers, Mr. Scalzo noted.

"We're getting so many inquires that I'm very optimistic," he said. "Everybody we're talking to is a national retailer. And I'm very grateful we've gotten to where we have in this economy."

-- Susan Tuz