from the month of June 2006 are listed below.
Written by Justin on June 25, 2006 at 2:20PM
Some area retail tidbits...
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Written by Justin on June 25, 2006 at 1:57PM
Framingham and General Growth settle sewage
- With no news regarding the
Natick Mall lately, it's time to take a look at the smaller facilities
around the Triangle to see what's going on.
- At Sherwood Plaza, Recreation
World is no more. Brunswick (the pool table company) bought out the
store late last year, and it is currently undergoing an entire exterior
renovation as it becomes "Brunswick Home & Billiard".
- At the Cloverleaf Mall, Elan
Salon has moved into the space that was most recently Hammett's, and
before that Papa Gino's. And if the planning board's agenda is correct,
new signage out front could be on the way.
- At the "Natick Design Center"
(former Paine Furniture), Long's Jewelers will be moving in.
- At the Route 30 Mall, Quizno's
Subs will take the space that was most recently MetroWest Occupational
Medicine, and before that US Trust.
Written by Justin on June 16, 2006 at 10:26PM
Club Libby Lu opens at Natick
- The Town of Framingham and
General Growth Properties have settled their dispute concerning the
construction of a new sewer line.
- With the ruling in Middlesex
Superior Court, GGP will be able to continue construction under a new
set of protocols that both parties agreed to. Framingham officials will
be able to watch the construction of the new pipe, and GGP will be
responsible for any damage to the pipe for the next several years.
- The full story can be found at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=132966.
Written by Justin on June 16, 2006 at 10:03PM
Natick Mall faces parking issues as
- As announced back in August
2005, and despite a delay of three months, Club Libby Lu will at last
open at the Natick Mall tomorrow.
- Targetted somewhat as a tween
version of Build-A-Bear Workshop and along the lines of American Girl
Place, the "experienced-based" retailer will occupy a 1,631 sq. ft.
space on the mall's second level near the new Macy's. Some chain
history: Club Libby Lu was founded in 2000 by long-time retail
executive Mary Drulet, and was acquired by Saks Incorporated in 2003.
Following the acquisition, Saks began implimenting many of the Club
Libby Lu stores as "stores within a store" inside company's larger
middle-class department stores such as Parisian and McRae's; however,
as the company has sold off all of it's middle-class chains except for
Parisian, the company has been lately branching out into malls. The
Natick store is the first in Massachusetts, and judging by success of
lifestyle-based retailers in the area, Club Libby Lu is likely to be a
- The MWDN has more at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=132956.
Written by Justin on June 9, 2006 at 11:16PM
Could Cheesecake Factory be in the Natick
- The MetroWest Daily News
recently exposed how the Natick Mall will face some severe parking
issues during this upcoming holiday season.
- Already, the mall lost Parking
Garage B when that structure was demolished to allow for the
construction of a new roadway. Now, workers are taking advantage of the
vacancy of the former Macy's by demolishing the existing parking in
front of that building and replacing it with a parking garage. While
the mall may suffer only minimally at the moment, the holiday shopping
season is already slated to create a disaster.
- The mall is looking into
several alternatives as that time approaches: for one, the lower level
of the new parking garage may be completed, and would thus be available
for mall patrons to use. Another likely scenario would be forcing mall
employees to park at an offsite lot, such as the now-vacated Sam's
Club, and bussing them them in.
- The story can be found online
Written by Justin on June 9, 2006 at 11:04PM
- A Framingham/Natick Retail
reader noticed the following in
a story from the Braintree Forum surrounding construction of a
Cheesecake Factory at the South Shore Plaza:
- "Of the 61 Cheesecake Factories
across the country, Massachusetts currently has locations in Boston,
Cambridge, Natick, and Newton."
- At the least, it's a very
interesting mention. With General Growth promising "several
restaurants", and considering that mentions of The Cheesecake Factory
along with P.F. Chang's China Bistro have popped up before in MWDN and
Boston Globe stories, could this be an unintentional confirmation? With
many other shopping centers, an initial tenant list is typically made
public around six months prior to opening; it's possible that we will
have to wait until early 2007 to find out exactly what we will
encounter inside the Natick Mall expansion.
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