Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New England News

Denali opened its newest store at Westfield Trumbull, CT. Denali, along with the Trailblazer stores, forms a family of independent outdoor retail destinations in southern CT and RI. Denali’s addition to Westfield Trumbull marks Trailblazer and Denali’s 6th location, with stores in Branford, Uncasville, 2 locations in New Haven, and in Wakefield, RI...Popular Irish pub James’s Gate in Jamaica Plain has closed this month after 19 years...Ahold USA, parent of Stop & Shop, opened Bfresh, a small-format store, this month in a former Staples on Harvard St. in Allston. The 10,000 s/f store is a pilot for Ahold, although no additional stores are planned at this time...H&M is bringing its edgier, more modern and higher-end COS clothing chain to Boston’s Back Bay. A 2,960 s/f COS store will open this month on Newbury St., with two levels of women’s and men’s fashions, the third US store for the brand...The Dedham Institution for Savings has asked regulators to allow it to establish a branch in South Boston at a former Bank of America location, a move that would give the 184-year-old institution its first branch in the city. Currently the bank has 3 branches in Dedham and 5 in the city's southern and western suburbs. The bank is working with architects and contractors to design the space, and hopes to open in the next 6- 12 months..Athletic-wear firm Yogasmoga plans to open its first Boston-area retail store at the Prudential Center by December. The brand will also open stores in Westchester, NY; Short Hills, NJ; and Corte Madera and Walnut Creek, CA. The brand will operate 12 stores by year-end and projects opening 25 stores in 2016...Forever 21 has leased about 20,000 s/f across three floors at 449 Washington St. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores worldwide.

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