Monday, September 26, 2011

Industry News: New England

Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Store will open at the Wrentham (MA) Village Premium Outlets in October. The 25,000 s/f Wrentham location will be the company’s sixth outlet and first in MA.The company is looking at additional MA opportunities…Priscilla of Boston, the bridal boutique that got its start on Newbury Street in 1945 and shot to prominence after making Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, is closing. Its parent company, David’s Bridal, will shutter the store’s 19 national locations, including its store on Boylston Street. Priscilla of Boston was started by Priscilla Kidder, who cemented her reputation when she designed the 1956 wedding of Grace Kelly to Monaco‘s Prince Rainier…Noodles & Company announced a new development agreement with franchise group Hartford Noodles, LLC, in Hartford, CT to open its first Noodles & Company location in Hartford in 2012, and several additional locations over the next five years. Noodles & Company is a collection of more than 260 neighborhood restaurants in 20 states. The partners of Hartford Noodles previously developed Five Guys Burgers & Fries locations in CT...The Finish Line Inc. has invested $8.5 million to buy Greater Boston Running Co. - which consists of 3 MA stores - and its affiliated stores in 7 other states. Finish Line has 650 mall-based stores...Boston jeweler Shreve, Crump & Low will move next year from Boylston Street to a smaller store on Newbury Street. The retailer had previously vacated its long-time space at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets for the former FAO Schwarz toy store building nearby.

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