from the month of March 2007 are listed below.
Tiffany & Co. to open in Natick
Written by Justin on March 20, 2007 at 5:20PM
Apple Store headed to Natick Collection
- Hot on the heels of the Apple
Store revelation, it became public earlier today that Tiffany & Co.
will be a tenant as part of the Natick Collection's expansion that will
open in September. The 5,300 sq. ft. store will, according to a press
release, offer "an array of renowned TIFFANY & CO. collections,
such as the jeweler’s celebrated diamonds, including engagement rings,
and jewels of ultimate glamour in platinum and eighteen-karat gold
settings; rare and lustrous pearls; the signature designs of Elsa
Peretti, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger, and the artful twists and
curves of Frank Gehry; watches; accessories; china and crystal gifts."
- More at http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070320005435&newsLang=en
Written by Justin on March 20, 2007 at 2:57PM
Don't worry, we're still here
- A Framingham/Natick Retail
reader sent in the news from ifoAppleStore.com,
a website that tracks the openings of Apple Stores across the world,
that there will indeed be such a store at the Natick Collection. From
the information available, it is a bit unclear as to whether the store
will be in the upscale expansion or in the existing mall space: given
the relatively elegant feel (for a computer store) of the company's
stores, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it in the new section. It
should be open by the holidays if it goes into the existing mall, or on
September 7th if it is in the expansion.
- (by the way, this opening was
predicted by Beyond Retail in 2005: http://beyond.framinghamnatickretail.com/2005/07/another-prediction-for-natick-mall.html)
Written by Justin on March 18, 2007 at 4:04PM
JCPenney opens at Natick Collection
- There haven't been any updates
lately, as there hasn't really been anything going on. Here are some of
the highlights since the beginning of the month:
- Macy's opened its doors in
Chestnut Hill on March 8th in the building that formerly housed the
women's Bloomingdale's store. While the Macy's lacks junior's,
children's, and home departments, it focuses on more upscale brands
than a typical Macy's carries and features a full spa and salon.
However, it remains unseen hoiw an upscale Macy's can make itself
distinct while being across the street from the real "upscale Macy's",
the men's and women's Bloomingdale's stores. They think that they can
draw customers from Boston to Natick, but it seems a bit more likely
that we'll take Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus instead. More at http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/03/02/is_middle_market_macys_ready_to_go_uptown/.
- Can Framingham sue Natick users
(including the Collection) of its sewage system if there is no hard
proof? The Boston Globe has more at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/03/11/town_is_chasing_sewer_fee/.
- Speaking of the Collection, the
metalic covering of the Neiman Marcus building is finally going up.
Renderings of the covering are here at FraminghamNatickRetail.com,
we'll try to add some photos soon. And the name "Collection" is slowly
working it's way into local culture... very slowly. A recent "Speak
Out" section in the MetroWest Daily News remarked that the perfect name
to replace the Natick Redmen would be the Natick Collectors, in honor
of the mall.
- Ohio-based Developers
Diversified Realty, owner of Shopper's World, has picked up a third
Massachusetts property. In addition to Shopper's and the Gateway Center
in Revere, DDR is now the proud owner of the Riverdale Shops in West
Springfield. The company acquired Riverdale as part of its acquisition
of Illinois-based Inland Retail Real Estate Trust.
- That's all for now, check back
as news happens.
Written by Justin on March 4, 2007 at 6:21PM
Could "Good Time Emporium" take over the
Sam's Club space?
- The long-awaited three-story
JCPenney anchor opened today at the Natick Collection with six other
stores around the country. The MetroWest Daily News features interviews
with store personnel setting up the store. Today was the "soft opening"
for the store; a ceremony on Friday morning will mark the store's
- More information is at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/business/x282802144.
Written by Justin on March 1, 2007 at 5:59PM
CompUSA to close over 120 locations
nationwide; Framingham included
- Dan Hayes, owner of
Somerville's "Good Time Emporium", is looking to move the business to
- The move comes as Hayes'
Somerville landlord intends to raze the existing property to construct
the Somerville IKEA that has been in the planning for many years. Hayes
and attorney Paul Galvani met informally with the Natick Planning
Board. Good Time offers an arcade, go karts, laser tag, bumper cars,
batting cages, bowling lanes, a sports bar, concert hall, and billiards
room, according to a recent article in the MetroWest Daily News.
Chairman Julian Munnich did not appear impressed with the announcement,
hoping for a high tax revenue hotel on the site. But Patrick Reffett,
director of community development in Natick, appeared very open to such
a concept as nothing similar exists in the area.
- Find out more at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x144053373
Written by Justin on March 1, 2007 at 5:50PM
JCPenney prepares for Natick Collection
- The Framingham CompUSA will be
put out of its misery by May 31st, as the company prepares to close 126
stores and exit markets including Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and
Dallas/Fort Worth. The chain, at one time a pioneer in sales of home
computers, has lost its foothold as amateurs flock to stores like Best
Buy and Circuit City, while computer experts have abandoned CompUSA's
limited offerings for stores with massive selection such as Micro
Center (which has a location in Cambridge).
- The Boston Globe has more at http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2007/02/compusa_to_clos.html.
Also, an article at CEPro.com
mentions the closure at the Framingham store in-depth.
Written by Justin on March 1, 2007 at 5:40PM
- The official grand opening of
the new JCPenney store at the Natick Collection is set for March 9th at
- The store, which is located in
the former Macy's building and has been in the planning for nearly a
year, will cover nearly 200,000 sq. ft. and offer an optical center, a
portrait center, custom decorating services, a full-service salon, and
an in-store Sephora boutique. At the grand opening ceremony, JCPenney
will contribute a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest.
- In addition, the new parking
deck located to the north of the JCPenney store will add 1950 spaces to
the mall's parking when it opens on March 4.
- There's more information on the
opening at http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070226005762&newsLang=en.
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