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.
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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.
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.
I love all the fun and exciting things Joy has been doing on Main Street! We love shopping and dining with small businesses and can't think of a better place to do so. Read More
- Stephanie Thompson Verified
So many fantastic businesses downtown. We are at the library 2 times a week, frequently head to Manchester hardware, attend church downtown, love Julie Lang's dance studio and of course eat at the numerous restaurants... Read More
- Sarah Tierinni Verified
Love all the things Manchester Downtown has become. And so excited to see the future of this town. Read More
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