Friday, January 23, 2015

New England News

Landmark Northampton retail store Faces will close its doors for good in early 2015. The funky, friendly clothing and gift shop, known for its ever-changing creative window displays, has been in business for more than 40 years, and has operated at its Northampton location for a quarter-century...Stop & Shop is offering customers a unique and varied assortment from four local restaurants at its Somerville, MA store. Customers can eat in or can order food to go from local restaurants Carol Ann’s Bake Shop, Fisherman’s Net, Salsa’s and The Sausage Guy...A 50,000 s/f Whole Foods opened at the former Boston Herald property in the South End in National Development’s $200 million Ink Block project. Whole Foods, on the ground floor of the “2 Ink” building, will be the first section to open, followed by apartments on the upper floors and condominium units in a nearby building. The store sports a few unusual touches, such as a frozen yogurt window, a fresh juice bar, and a Cape Cod-style seafood “shack” that fries fish and steams mussels to order...Luxury retailer Louis Boston will close its doors in July after more than 85 years of business. The department store moved to its current 20,000 s/f Fan Pier location in 2010, following several decades on Newbury Street. Louis Boston brought high fashion to Boston.The retailer was among the first in the country to carry pieces from European designers, and was considered an inspiration by many fashion and retail icons. The future of the space on Fan Pier has not yet been announced, but Louis Boston’s annual sale will coincide with its summer closure...O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to open its new Springfield location, its first in Western Massachusetts, sometime in the first quarter of 2015. O'Reilly is planning to open more stores in Western Massachusetts. O'Reilly has 4,311 locations in 43 states...Star Market has signed a long-term lease for a 63,000 s/f grocery store in Boston Properties and Delaware North’s mixed-use TD Garden project at North Station. The supermarket will be downtown Boston’s largest, and will potentially cap a 16-year push by the North End/West End/Beacon Hill Supermarket Committee to bring an affordable grocery to their neighborhoods. An escalator will take shoppers to the new lower-level Star Market, which will carry hot prepared foods, alcohol, cut produce and organics, and include a cheese shop, pizza and salad bars, sushi, a seating area, pharmacy and Starbucks...Talbots will open a new store this month at Wayside, in Burlington, MA. The 9,300 s/f Talbots will feature all three of the brand’s concepts - Talbots, Talbots Petites, and the first Talbot Woman in the market.

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