Friday, November 21, 2014

New England News

Market Basket has opened its Revere store, which had long been finished but sat dormant during the battle for control of the company among the Demoulas family. The next scheduled opening is a small supermarket in Littleton, MA in early November, followed by a 90,000 s/f Market Basket in Waltham, MA in December. Market Basket’s Attleboro store is opening the first week of January.  The supermarket off Route 1A has remained finished but vacant since last spring due to the corporate standoff....RadioShack's Fix It Here same-day mobile repair service is now available in 31 Boston stores. Fix It Here is available in more than 550 RadioShack stores across the nation, and RadioShack plans a rollout to 750 locations by the end of the year.  Fix It Here offers same-day repairs for the most popular smartphones and tablets...Crumbs is back in Boston's Financial District. The one-time purveyor of cupcakes that closed abruptly in July  reopened with a substantially expanded menu under new ownership that includes CNBC star Marcus Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises...Price Chopper will change its name to Market 32 and modernize its stores beginning this month and continuing over the next five years. The supermarket chain has 135 stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire...Bangor, Maine’s Big Lots store will close its doors in January. The retailer opened its Bangor location in 2009, making it the 7th in the state at the time. The retailer operates more than 1,400 stores nationwide...A brand-new Goodwill store has opened in Somersworth, NH, moved from its original Dover location. Goodwill has more than 2,900 stores worldwide...Berkshire Group, WS Development and Boston Global Investors (BGI) have begun construction on One Seaport Square, a three-acre mixed-use development located within the 23-acre Seaport Square, the largest master-planned project in the city of Boston. Plans for One Seaport Square include two towers, the Benjamin and the VIA. WS Development will develop, own and manage 250,000 s/f of retail space throughout the first three floors of The Benjamin and VIA. Confirmed retailers include Equinox fitness facility, ShowPlace ICON Theatre, and Kings Bowl. The project includes Courthouse Square, a 17,000 s/f, retail-lined open space between the two towers that will serve as a pedestrian link between the buildings, the MBTA Courthouse Station and the Moakley Federal Courthouse...Kings is gearing up to reopen early next year at 3rd Ave Burlington, MA. A fire engulfed Kings Burlington on April 13, just weeks before its scheduled opening, heavily damaging the structure...There are new plans for development in Quincy Center, after a $1.6 billion, 55-acre downtown redevelopment proposal fell apart earlier this year. A new $100 million plan was unveiled by project investor and insurance company Quincy Mutual, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, and other officials. The first phase of the plan includes a six-story building with 169 housing units called West of Chestnut, and 12,000 s/f of retail space. A second phase for the project, a building called East of Chestnut, will have 220 additional housing units. The project represents just a small portion, both in terms of size and money, of the once-ambitious, now-failed Street-Works plan.

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