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Connecticut Expo Center To Close

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The Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford is closing its doors.

The facility in the city’s North Meadows will shut down after an antique show on the weekend of September 17 and 18.

Organizations with events scheduled after that date have been informed of the closure.  They will have to relocate elsewhere, possibly to the XL Center or the Connecticut Convention Center.

A source says the shut down was a business decision, and that the poor economy, and competition from the Connecticut Convention Center have hurt the smaller Expo Center.

In a 2008 Hartford Courant article, an Expo Center owner said his rental income had been cut in half since the Convention Center opened in downtown.

“It is disapointing,” said Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau President Michael Van Parys. “When we lose a meeting venue like that, we lose opportunities to fill hotel rooms, and also the opportunity to bring groups back to Hartford that have been using the Expo Center for many years.”

The Expo Center only has a handful of employees.  They will be laid off.

Contractors hired at the facility could also be hurt.

The Expo Center property is being sold.  A source says there is a likely buyer, which will not continue to use it for conventions.

Commercial real estate web site LoopNet listed the asking price as $5-million, but a sale price might be different.

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