Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New England News

Free People opened its first Boston-area large-format store in Chestnut Hill Square. The 5,090 s/f store is the company’s largest store in the state since Free People opened its first retail location in The Shops at Prudential Center 10 years ago...CarMax, Inc. has new stores opening in Norwood and Danvers in December. These two stores will be the first in the Boston area, with a third scheduled to open in Westborough during summer 2016. The first CarMax in Massachusetts opened in 2011 in North Attleboro...Roche Bros.’ lease for its Sudbury Farms store in Randolph, MA, has expired and the company will close the location in January. The closing will leave Randolph with a single major supermarket, Shaw’s. Following the closing, Roche Bros. will have 18 stores, including two other Sudbury Farms locations...The third Boston-area Wahlburgers opened this month at 132 Brookline Avenue, just three blocks away from Fenway Park. The Fenway restaurant joins Wahlburgers in Hingham and Lynnfield, with another scheduled to open later this year in Terminal C at Logan Airport...City Sports filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to shutter 8 of its 26 locations before selling or liquidating the rest. City Sports, which opened its first store on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston in 1983, has yet to announce which stores will be eliminated and when those closures will take place...Saks Fifth Avenue signed a lease for its 3rd location in Greenwich, CT adding an additional 14,000 s/f of space. The new lease is directly across from the store’s original Greenwich location....Japanese retailer Uniqlo opened its new 12,000 s/f, two-level flagship Boston store at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the 5th in Massachusetts. Uniqlo opened its first MA stores in Natick and Chestnut Hill last year, and will open a second Boston store, on Newbury Street, in late 2016.

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