Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Industry News: New England

Foodie’s Market celebrated the grand opening last month of an 8,500 s/f store in South Boston which features traditional and gourmet groceries, as well as prepared-foods and a butcher shop...The five-screen cinema AMC Chestnut Hill Theatre on Route 9 in Newton, Mass. has closed. Norwood-based National Amusements plans to open a six-screen Cinema de Lux complex at the new Chestnut Hill Shopping Center near the same location, part of a major redevelopment at the center by WS Development which will expand the shopping center to 406,000 s/f...The founders of b.good, a burger Boston chain, will open the company’s first franchise store in Shrewsbury, and plans 23 new franchise stores, and 12 more corporate locations, in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts over the next five years...The first of 10 planned French Fry Heaven locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire is targeted for Saugus’ Square One Mall in June and the Natick Mall soon after. French Fry Heaven sells Belgian-style fries and sweet potato fries cooked in trans fat-free peanut oil and served in paper cones. Each location has 21 toppings...Party goods retailer iParty Corp. has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Party City Holdings Inc. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2013...City Sports plans two new stores: a 10,500 s/f bi-level, space in NYC, its largest store to date, to open at the end of March, and a new 9,200 s/f location for its Chestnut Hill, MA store, set for a March 16 opening to coincide with the brand's 30th anniversary...Restoration Hardware, now branded as RH, opened a new flagship 40,000 s/f store at 234 Berkeley St. in Boston’s Back Bay, a transformation of an historic landmark that is intended to bring a new type of retail experience to the Back Bay...Frost Ice Bar — where everything but the floor and ceiling will be made of ice — is under construction in a building near Faneuil Hall in preparation for a June opening. The 1,500 s/f bar will be a chilly 17 degrees. Customers will check into a retail area and don hooded capes and gloves before entering a 32-degree “transition room” to get acclimated to a cooler temperature...Fishing and sporting attire store Orvis will close its 6,554 s/f store at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston at the end of March.

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