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Theresa Thesier, left, and Robin Grimsley take a quick break at the Mystic Visitor & Information Center. Grimsley will own the business as of April 1. | Michael Souza / The Press

Visitor information center changes hands on April 1

MYSTIC — As of April 1, the Mystic & Shoreline Visitor Information Center will be under new ownership. Theresa Thesier, who has owned the center for the past 17 years, has sold the shop and is moving to North Carolina to be closer to family.

In her stead, the center has been purchased by Robin Grimsley who has handled its sales and marketing for the last seven years.

A privately owned business, the center is located off Interstate 95 at exit 90 in Olde Mistick Village.

Thesier, 62, has been deeply involved in the area’s business and hospitality industries for many years. She first started managing the center 20 years ago, purchasing it after three years. She has served on numerous boards and commissions over the last two decades, and she was recognized by Mystic Coast and Country for achieving excellence in tourism in 2001.

“Obviously I’ve enjoyed working with the local businesses and my colleagues,” she said. “It’s just time to move on to different things.”

“She has accomplished so much over the years,” Grimsley said.

Over the last 10 years, Grimsley has worked at Shore Publishing, The New London Day and the visitor center, as well as launching her own marketing and advertising company. She is a familiar face to area business owners.

“The visitor center is established in the business community so I expect it to be a smooth transition,” Grimsley said. “There will be some improvements in the technology we use. Once things get settled, I plan to be involved with the business community.”

The information center will continue to aid travelers by providing discount tickets to area attractions, hotel and bed and breakfast reservations, menus of local restaurants, brochures and maps.

Anne Gaucher, who has been with the center for the last 35 years, will also be retiring at the end of March. “I want to acknowledge her hard work and dedication,” Thesier said.

A reception to say goodbye to Thesier and welcome Grimsley will be held on Friday, March 28, at La Luna Ristorante Italiano, 9 Whitehall Ave., Mystic, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

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