Fairfield 2020: The Year In Business

Anna Bybee-Schier

FAIRFIELD, CT —2020 will certainly go down in the history books as one of the craziest, most unprecedented years in American history. The coronavirus pandemic changed everyone's daily lives, and had a particular effect on businesses, small and large.

There was a great deal of business news in Fairfield in the past 12 months. Many of the stories were good, others not so much. Still others were inspirational, as residents pursued their dreams despite all the obstacles put in their way.

Here are the top business stories from Fairfield in 2020.

Community Theatre Reopens In Fairfield Under SHU Management

Sacred Heart University lit up the marquee Tuesday, signaling renovations are complete and the venue is open — if only online, for now.>>>Read more.

Fairfield Restaurant Shut Down Due To Coronavirus Violations: PD

"I feel like we're being painted as negligent and that's the furthest from how I run the place," the owner of the Fairfield restaurant said.>>>Read more.

Aldi To Open Store In Fairfield

Aldi will be one of two retailers to occupy the space that was home to Kohl's for about 20 years before the store closed this fall.>>>Read more.

Fairfield Kohl's To Close In October

Kohl's has occupied its Tunxis Hill Road building for about 20 years. Before that, the site was home to Caldor, Arlan's and Pathmark.>>>Read more.

Market And Grill To Replace Shuttered 7-Eleven In Fairfield

A local couple plans to open their business, Reef Shack, this fall. Co-owner Bridget Lesizza is from Fairfield and attended Lauralton Hall.>>>Read more.

Fairfield's Only Movie Theater Closes After 26 Years

It's possible the Fairfield Cinemas location could still be used as some sort of entertainment venue in the future, a town official said.>>>Read more.

Victoria's Secret Permanently Closes In Downtown Fairfield

The retailer at Fairfield Center will not reopen after it closed temporarily earlier this year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.>>>Read more.

They Opened A Fairfield Salon — 2 Weeks Later Coronavirus Came

Stephanie McDermott and Bried Veteri are eager to get back to work after their salon was forced to close just 17 days after opening.>>>Read more.

New Coffee Shop Opens In Fairfield, Despite Coronavirus

Wake-Cup-Coffee, the long-awaited café at the Fairfield Metro Station, starts serving customers Friday.>>>Read more.

Fairfield Restaurants To Reopen With Fewer Tables, More Rules

"If it rains, I send everybody home," one Fairfield restaurateur said in response to the rule that restaurants only serve diners outside.>>>Read more.

Fairfield Shop Owner, Customers Give $13K To Struggling Retailers

The owner of a business deemed essential by the state is offering help to retailers required to close amid the new coronavirus outbreak.>>>Read more.

Fairfield Restaurant Owner Talks Coronavirus: 'We're Nervous'

'It's definitely impacted us tremendously,' said the owner of Tequila Revolucion in Fairfield. 'These are all days that you can't get back.'>>>Read more.

Coronavirus Fairfield: National Shortages Affect Town Stores

'You're going to be able to get food if you go to the grocery store,' a town official said. '... Certain things you may not be able to get.'>>>Read more.

Old Stratfield Market Reborn As Goddard School

'Seeing it transform into this is really special,' said the director of the new preschool, now open at the long-vacant Fairfield property.>>>Read more.

This article originally appeared on the Fairfield Patch