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Looking to expand or relocate?
Consider Downtown Manchester

Downtown Manchester is the historic commercial center of Manchester. Its broad Main Street and quaint side streets are lined with turn-of-the-century brick buildings that are home to generations of businesses. We offer affordable rents, spaces large and small, and a convenient, central location. 

Explore more reasons why you’ll want to choose Downtown Manchester for your business.

Why Downtown Manchester?

Convenient Location

Downtown Manchester is a vibrant, mixed-use commercial district of retail, office, and residential life, It is situated in the geographic center of Manchester, CT, and is easily reached via I-394, CT Routes 6 and 44 and carries U.S. Route 83. Main Street is served by the CT Transit System Bus Co. offering multiple stops and regular service.

Vital Business Mix

Downtown Manchester is home to over 200 businesses. Professional offices, business services, retail shops, and restaurants can all be found Downtown.  To view a list of the Downtown businesses, please explore our Business Directory

Ample Parking

There is ample on-street parking as well as 7 managed off-street parking lots

Contiguous Customer Base

The surrounding neighborhoods have a large residential population that includes over 1,000 rehabilitated historic mill apartments within walking distance of the downtown.

Professional Downtown Management

Much like shopping centers and malls, Downtown Manchester has an entity responsible for its management, marketing, promotion, and maintenance. That entity is the Downtown Manchester Special Services District. The District employs a part-time Downtown Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the District and the Parking Constables assigned to regulate parking within the Downtown. For more information on the Downtown Manchester Special Services District please go to the About the District page on this site.

The Town of Manchester employs an Economic Development specialist who works to recruit and support businesses Downtown. 

Programs to Bring People Downtown

The Downtown is the site of a diverse array of special events throughout the year that introduce thousands of potential customers to its businesses.  View our Annual Events or our Downtown Calendar for more details.

New Business Checklist

If you are interested in opening a business downtown, be sure to check out the New Business Checklist!