Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Industry News: New England

Cheeseboy continued its Boston expansion with the opening of its 4th store, at the Prudential Center Mall. The chain plans to open more locations later this year. Boston-based Cheeseboy serves made-to-order grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and macaroni and cheese, among other offerings. Cheeseboy is owned by Grilled Cheese to Go LLC, which has locations in Boston and Braintree, MA and Milford, CT. Teen retailer The Buckle Inc. will open its first Massachusetts store on the upper level of the at the Natick Mall mall after making its New England debut this month at Providence Place. The company, which operates 425 stores in 21 states, sells mid - to higher-priced clothing, footwear and accessories. The Merrimack (NH) Premium Outlets is under construction off Exit 10 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. The landscape is cleared, and foundations and frames are in place for most of the seven buildings in the project’s first phase. Developers expect to finish blasting next month, and plan to complete the first phase, to include 100 retail stores, by the middle of next year. Nordstrom will open CT’s first Nordstrom Rack next spring in Farmington at the West Farm Shopping Center. The 35,000 s/f store will open in the space formerly occupied by Linens 'N Things. Nordstrom has 214 stores in 29 states, including 95 Nordstrom Rack stores, 116 Nordstrom full-line stores and a small number of affiliated stores...Arsenal Mall in Watertown welcomes Pretzel Twister, Chipotle, Reebok Factory Store, SE Asian Bistro, and Sprint to its mix of tenants. The new stores are scheduled to open this fall...FOCUS Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in 47 states and 42 countries, announced an aggressive plan for growth in the Boston market. Plans call for 30 Carvel and 10 Cinnabon locations over the next 2 years throughout Boston and surrounding markets...Wingstop has signed 36 development agreements that will result in 101 new store openings over the next several years. Wingstop has 485 locations open and 175 restaurants in various stages of development across the United States and Mexico.

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