October 21, 2014

The Hub: New companies coming to Maple Tree Place

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By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
Changes are coming to Maple Tree Place.
A business wants to establish a call center, an established Williston jeweler recently moved there and two new restaurants are set to open.
Choice Strategies, a division of WageWorks, has leased more than 12,000 square feet of office space in Maple Tree Place, said Karen Sidney-Plummer, the general manager of the large mixed-use development on the southeast side of Taft Corners.
“It basically fills our office space,” she said.
She said she is not sure exactly how many employees Choice Strategies will draw to Maple Tree Place, but the number is likely to exceed 100.
Choice Strategies/WageWorks is expected to start operating in Maple Tree Place in the fall.
WageWorks runs programs for consumer-directed health, commuter and other employee spending account benefits. The company is circulating help wanted ads for call center employees, and the ads note the company is planning its move from Waterbury Center to Williston.
Meanwhile, Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry, owned by Jayson and Krista Argento, moved from their Talcott Road address and into Maple Tree Place in May.
Co-owner Krista Argento said the business hasn’t even finished putting up its new storefront sign and traffic in the store is already heavier than it was in its old location.
“It keeps getting better over time,” she said.
The move means the jewelry store can be become more of a full-service retailer, Argento said. The store does custom design, repairs and appraisals.
Argento said she is particularly excited that the space allows her to expand a niche she’s long been interested in: antique and vintage bridal jewelry.
She said she’d eventually like to have antique and vintage bridal jewelry become a major part of the business.
A new restaurant is set to occupy the former Three Tomatoes space, likely by autumn, Sidney-Plummer said.
The restaurant, called Grazers, will feature American style food. Owner Sam Handy is getting ready to renovate the space and should be open for business by late summer or autumn.
Three Tomatoes closed its Maple Tree Place restaurant in April because the owner said the lease was up and he did not want to renew it for another five or 10 year period.
Another eatery, a Vietnamese restaurant, will open in a space next to The Paper Peddler, probably later this summer, Sidney-Plummer said.
Khanh Le of South Burlington said he expects to open the restaurant, which will be called Pho K&K, in August. The name comes from the initial on his first name, and that of his wife, who co-owns the business.
Le said Williston lacks Vietnamese cuisine that other Chittenden County towns have, so he’s stepping in to fill the void. Although he has never operated a restaurant before, he has several relatives who do own or work at eateries.
“So it’s a family business, I guess,” he said.
Sidney-Plummer said she is also working on leases for other new tenants at Maple Tree Place, but since none of the deals are final, she declined to say who those potential clients are.
Despite the influx of new businesses and employers, Maple Tree Place will not yet have to reconfigure or expand parking, she said. “We don’t have to do anything yet,” she said.

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