from the month of July 2007 are listed below.
What's going on in the former Borders
Written by Justin on July 31. 2007 at 7:22PM
P.F. Chang's job listing confirms plans for
Natick Collection restaurant
- With the mall appearing to be
in the midst of a "calm before the storm," word has come out about what
the former Borders building will become.
- The MetroWest Daily News
reported last week that the Tudor-style building at 85 Worcester Road
is being split into several different retail spaces by it's owner,
Hanna Enterprises. The most durastic changes will come as the building
loses the outdated stylings to take on a more traditional red brick and
clapboard look. The 5,700 sq. ft. front half of the first floor will
become a Sprint retail store and repair center, which will relocate
from 215 Worcester Rd. Meanwhile, the rear portion of the first floor
is in negotiations to become an outpost of Denver-based Chipotle
Mexican Grill. While there is no definite plan at this point for the
top level, it is likely to become offices once the construction is
- For more, the MWDN story is
online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/business/x113133480.
Written by Justin on July 26. 2007 at 6:46PM
Delays plague Natick Collection expansion
- One of the earliest rumored
tenants of the expansion at the mall was P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
Since construction began, speculation has run rampant that the
restaurant would become part of the project. Last November at the
"Natick" grand re-opening, F/NR heard from a top-level source that the
restaurant had signed a letter of intent to open at the expansion.
- Earlier today, a F/NR reader
forwarded along some job postings at Monster.com,
all of which contain one line: "We are pleased to announce that P.F.
Chang's China Bistro is coming to Natick, MA!". No word yet on when the
restaurant will officially open it's doors, although the company's
website would appear to indicate that the opening will be closer to the
end of the year.
Written by Justin on July 13. 2007 at 12:39AM
New retailers to hold job fair July 28-29
- When the mall expansion opens
on September 7, the Natick Collection won't exactly be the collection
of retailers that it was intended to be. While Nordstrom is on schedule
to open its first store in Massachusetts at that time, it seems that it
may be one of the only stores in the Collection's expansion. Neiman
Marcus' grand opening has been postponed one week to September 15, and
according to GGP's Jim Grant, most but not all of the stores will open
- This news also hurts the mall
in front of the Natick Planning Board. As light construction within the
expansion will continue through the holiday season, some planners
questioned whether it would be a safe environment for shoppers and thus
whether a temporary occupancy permit should be approved in time to
allow the Sept. 7th opening to take place. While Grant assured the
board that it would, two members of the board are set to head out to
the site to check out the mall before their August 8th meeting.
- In related-but-unrelated news,
an empty 10,000 sq. ft portion of the J.C. Penney building is available
for lease to a restaurant, but so far General Growth hasn't had luck
finding a tenant. At the meeting, Grant was also sent to ask for the
board's approval in putting attaching pictures of people eating to the
side of the store in the hope of allowing a restauranteur to see the
full potential of the building. The request was denied, although the
company may persue a $260 per day fine for the signs - much like what
was proposed several months back by Otis & Ahern for the mall's
- The full story is online at http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=1010884
Written by Justin on July 13. 2007 at 12:13AM
Employment listings unveil more Collection
- Retailers that will be moving
into the Natick Collection's expansion (eventually) will be holding a
job fair at the Natick Courtyard by Marriott on Speen St. on July 27
and July 28 from 11a-3p each day.
- Tenants at the event will
include Allen Edmonds, Anthropologie, Blue Mercury, Brighton
Collectibles, Clarks, Finale, Hanna Andersson, Jacadi, JCrew, Kate
Spade, Lacoste, Links of London, lululemon, Madewell, Martin + Osa,
Metropark, Nordstrom, Oakley, Optica, Origins, PUMA, Ruehl 925, Scene,
Solstice, Starbucks, STIL, Teavana, The North Face, Tiffany & Co.,
Tommy Bahama, Tourneau, and Vera Bradley.
Written by Justin on July 4. 2007 at 2:36PM
New Calvin Klein concept to open in Natick
- A quick search of several
job-listing sources indicates that the following retailers are now
hiring for future stores at the Natick Collection:
Written by Justin on July 4, 2007 at 2:27PM
Will Good Time Emporium be able to open
with strict liquor regulations?
- The Natick Collection's
expansion will have almost a mini-anchor in Calvin Klein, which will
open a 13,000 sq. ft. store in October or November. The store is the
largest of the company's new "white label" concept, which will bring
the well-known company its own non-outlet, full-price retail stores for
the first time in its history. Along with the Natick Collection, stores
will also be opening at malls in Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, and
- The MWDN has more information
The full press release and store rendering will be posted shortly on
the From Wonder Bread to the
Collection 2007 Expansion page.
Written by Justin on July 4, 2007 at 2:11PM
Future plans for Route 9 come to light
- Natick officials and residents
have mixed feelings about Good Time Emporium, which is considering
moving from Somerville to Natick's former-Sam's Club in early 2008, as
the Emporium is forced to leave Somerville to make room for a new IKEA.
- Emporium owner Dan Hayes is
asking for what some believe to be radical changes to Natick's
long-time dry regulations. While, as the MWDN's Andrew Manuse
describes, Natick regulations would currently require someone to finish
their drink before heading off to play basketball, Hayes would like to
have customers walk around with their drink as it is "more natural."
But Natick selectmen are skeptical of the plan: while vice chairman
Charlie Hughes commented that he would approach the proposal with an
open mind, others, including selectman Josh Ostroff, see a big
difference between Natick's current laws and Hayes' plan.
- More information is available
from the MWDN at http://www.townonline.com/natick/homepage/x959441856.
Written by Justin on July 4, 2007 at 2:03PM
- Everyone knows that Route 9 in
Natick in front of the Boston Scientific headquarters has been under
construction forever, but there could be some more Natick roadwork on
the way. State officials met recently to with MassHighway officials to
discuss much needed changes to the poorly designed road. The MathWorks
recently received a $1 million MORE Jobs grant from the state to
perform infrastructure upgrades surrounding its Apple Hill campus
should the company's expansion be granted. However, while the grant was
far from the estimated $19 million to fix Route 9 from Wellesley to
- Nevertheless, planning is
already underway to update two major intersections: Rte. 9 at Oak
Street, on which work is expected to begin in 2010, and Rte. 9 at Rte.
27, on which work will begin soon after. Other upcoming changes will be
the replacement of all signs from Brookline to Westborough with newer,
easier-to-read signage, and (at last) the completion of work at the
Rte. 16 intersection in Wellesley Hills.
- For more info, check out the
MWDN's story at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x1575072624.
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