News Updates: September 2007
from the month of September 2007 are listed below.
Neiman Marcus prepares for Saturday opening
Written by Justin on September 13, 2007 at 12:13AM
Salad Creations now open at Collection
- The MWDN was at a media tour of
the Neiman Marcus store yesterday. Among the highlights of the 100,000
sq. ft. store: a $1.9 million dollar set of emerald earrings designed
especially for the company's centennial this year. As the 39th store in
the chain, it will feature a much more modern design than the store in
Copley Place, and its cosmetics department will have items priced
comparatively to other department stores - meaning you can walk out of
the mall with an equally filled Neiman Marcus or Macy's bag and pay the
- The paper has a nice video
capturing the interior of the store, and, of course, a story, at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x775708179.
Written by Justin on September 13, 2007 at 12:04AM
Nordstrom gala pictures online
Written by Justin on September 9, 2007 at 12:25PM
More on the opening
Written by Justin on September 8, 2007 at 1:31PM
Natick Collection expansion now open!
- Some more news stories with
interviews have come online in the the past day.
- The MetroWest Daily News seems
to have discovered that the biggest store openings, by far, were the
Apple Store and Nordstrom. While it was mainly a MetroWest crowd at the
Apple Store (seeing that there are already somewhat-local stores in
Chestnut Hill and Burlington), the Nordstrom grand opening pulled over
1,000 shoppers from East Walpole, Lynnfield, and Newburyport, and a
General Growth executive mentioned in a Worcester Telegram article that
he expects to see shoppers from points as far west as Springfield.
- The stories are online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x942963712
Written by Justin on September 7, 2007 at 6:29PM
Local radio stations and WBUR examine
Written by Justin on September 7, 2007 at 12:03AM
MWDN covers Nordstrom gala
- Today's grand opening of the
Natick Collection expansion is attracting some serious radio attention.
WXKS (107.9 FM) "Kiss 108" will be at Nordstrom's Cosmetic Tailgate
party later on this morning, while WBMX (98.5 FM) "Mix 98.5" will be
stopping by Solstice Sunglass Boutique tonight.
- But that's not all, as Curt
Nickisch of local NPR affiliate WBUR (90.9 FM) has filed a story on the
new upscale status of the Natick Collection. The story should be online
sometime today at http://www.wbur.org/news/2007/70211_20070907.asp.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 11:51PM
More details on new Cross store at
- The MWDN has some limited
details and a video of the Nordstrom gala held last night. Looks like
an excess of runway shows, exotic perfumes from Norway, and a band
performing J-Lo's "Let's Get Loud".
- Judge for yourself; it's all
online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x942962349.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 11:38PM
Nouvelle hoping for boost in sales with
- The publication Gifts &
Decorative Accessories (yes, that actually is a publication) has some
additional details on the new Cross store that will be opening in the
expansion tomorrow. The compact 900 sq. ft. space includes a curved
storefront that focuses on the corporate logo, featuring leather and
fabric panels, ottomans, and decorative lighting, while at the
same time showcasing the company's newly expanded product line.
- Gifts & Decorative
Accessories covers the story at http://www.giftsanddec.com/article/CA6476324.html.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 1:23PM
Party update.. and some blog issues
- With 30 of the 215 available
condos sold and an opening expected next June, the Nouvelle at Natick
sales crew is preparing to step up efforts with the opening of the
upscale expansion tomorrow. A sales office has been opened next to
Neiman Marcus, which will provide tours of a demonstration two bedroom
(w/den), two bathroom unit located on the fourth floor. While none of
the amenties like 24-hour security and doormen at both the north and
south towers, the rooftop garden 'Parc Nouvelle', club room 'Club
Nouvelle', and sports club 'Bosse Nouvelle' are complete, the demo unit
may be enough to sway some buyers.
- The MWDN has more at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x477567525.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 1:09PM
WCVB-TV's Chronicle to cover Natick
- The Globe's "Names" column
focused on one of the biggest issues at last night's Nordstrom gala...
whether MFA director Malcolm Rogers would use his credit card. More at http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2007/09/06/gone_gets_the_good_word/.
- If you're headed out to the
Natick Collection opening gala tonight, you'll be in the company of
Natick selectman (and friend of F/NR) Josh Ostroff. Ostroff decided to
splurge for the $125 tickets, but decided to pass on the $250 Neiman
Marcus opening and the $350 'Fenway on the Runway' event. Regardless,
tonight's event is predicted to be one of the largest social events in
the western suburbs in recent years. And don't worry about parking;
there will be plenty of $10 valet and $7 'premium' parking... whatever
that might be. More at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/06/reborn_mall_opens_with_galas/.
- And one last thing... for some
reason, the Beyond Retail blog collapsed late last night. Not to worry,
the entry I wrote today is online at http://beyond.framinghamnatickretail.com...
be sure to check it out.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 12:57AM
Pick your party!
- On the eve of the Natick
Collection's grand opening, WCVB-TV (Ch. 5)'s nightly newsmagazine
Chronicle will make it the lead story, with co-host Mary Richardson
reporting live from the grand opening gala.
- Catch it tonight, airing at
7:30pm on WCVB-TV. More details are online at http://www.thebostonchannel.com/chronicle/14012544/detail.html.
Written by Justin on September 6, 2007 at 12:38AM
Natick Collection expansion to open Friday
- The Boston Herald's online
entertainment section recently focused on the three biggest parties in
MetroWest these days...
- Nordstrom Opening Gala
- Date: Yesterday, September 5,
started at 6:30PM
- Description: Two runway shows,
raw bar, lobster, and extensive local beers on hand.
- Price: $150 per person,
benefiting the MFA and Boston Ballet
Collection Opening Gala
- Date: Today, starting at 6:30PM
- Description: Assorted events
follow the mall's themes of Hip, Luxurious, Inspired, and Unique. Most
interesting? Possibly the DJ on stilts.
- Price: $125, benefiting The
Children's Hospital League and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Marcus Opening Gala
- Date: September 14
- Description: Dallas' DJ Lucy
Wrubell spins tunes, guests will be able to try on nearly $2 million
earrings, and a converted men's department becomes a sports bar for the
Red Sox/Yankees game.
- Price: $250, benefiting TCAN,
the DeCordova Museum in Concord, the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer
Care, and the Walden Woods Project.
- More details at http://news.bostonherald.com/entertainment/fashion/view.bg?articleid=1029345
Written by Justin on September 2, 2007 at 8:22PM
- With the Natick Collection
expansion only five days away from opening, a plethora of information
has been released about the mall.
- The MetroWest Daily News starts
out speaking with General Growth representatives and local retail
the effect that the center's new retailers and restaurants will have on
shopping in Massachusetts. The article also mentions how several
international retailers, including Canada's Fruits & Passion, are
utilizing the Natick Collection as a prototype for future American
- The paper also discusses the parking
scenario at the Collection, regarding how the 5,800 mainly surface
parking spots have been replaced with over 8,000 spaces found mostly
underground and in parking garages. Initially, a combination of
AlliedBarton security officers and Natick police will help shoppers
navigate the massive retail project, but long-term, the mall hopes to
set up an electronic system to help shoppers find empty parking spaces.
The parking lots and garages have also been renamed: the former Parking
Garage A is now known as Amethyst, Garage C is now Topaz, the proposed
Deck D in front of Nordstrom is now the Ruby lot, the proposed Deck E
beneath the new corridor is now split between Sapphire, Ruby, Canary
Diamond, and Emerald; and the new Garage F behind J.C. Penney is now
- We also learn from the
MetroWest Daily News that Legal
Sea Foods is officially out of the plans, but it has nothing to do with
the mall. For the second time, liquor restrictions in the Town of
Natick have effectively prohibited Legal's from opening an "oyster
bar", as the town requires restaurants to have no more than 10% of all
seating to be at the bar; with the restaurant consisting only of a bar,
it would not be allowed. Regardless, three restaurants will be opening
on Friday with the mall: Sel de la Terre, Finale Dessert, and Met Bar
& Grill. P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory are
slated to open later, although no dates for either of these have been
set; further, The Cheesecake Factory will be part of "The Promenade",
the Collection's "Main Street"-style expansion, rather than part of the
- Meanwhile, the Boston
Globe put out an interesting piece on what will become Nordstrom's
first Massachusetts store. Despite the nearest store being in
Providence, there are already 50,000 Nordstrom credit card holders in a
50-mile radius of Natick. Perks within the store will include a men's
grooming studio, a 90-seat restaurant, an eyebrow bar, and a sunglass
boutique. From the newspaper:
- "This has been such a long time
coming," said Peter Nordstrom, the company's president of merchandising
and brother to chain president Blake. "There's something special and
different about this. It's not just another store opening."
- (Nordstrom's words have
meaning: a Nordstrom was slated to be part of a re-built Shopper's
World in 1989, 18 years ago)
- The Globe also takes a tour of
the new store at http://www.boston.com/business/gallery/083107_nordstrom/.
- And speaking of Nordstrom, it
seems to beckon a lot of company in every mall where it opens. Namely,
Hanna Andersson and Martin + Osa. Find out more at http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/09/02/trickle_down_effect_at_the_natick_mall/.
- It hasn't been easy for the new
retailers to find employees. Nearly every store that will open is
drawing from the same limited pool of qualified employees, according to
the manager of the mall's new Brighton Collectables store. She has had
to resort to asking customers to at the company's Burlington store to
join the company. Luckily for the manager of the new Cross store, the
company will close their Chestnut Hill store to open a store at the
Collection, so three employees from that store will transfer over.
While the mall attempted to help with several job fairs, they didn't
bring out the sales wizzes that smaller retailers were looking for.
Further, with Neiman Marcus and a very aggressive Nordstrom (which will
need to staff Burlington in only a few months) needing many employees,
the situation is much harder is far worse than many managers expected.
The full story is at http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2007/09/01/good_help_is_hard_to_find/.
- Stay tuned for more updates
this week as stories are released. And don't forget to check the
countdown clock page, where an updated list of tenants has been placed.
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