Wednesday, January 27, 2016
NEW ENGLAND INDUSTRY NEWS
Checkers is planning a return to CT next year with locations along the I-95 corridor in Bridgeport and New Haven. Future expansion plans are targeting other locations in New England including Providence and Boston. The chain has about 800 Checkers and Rally’s restaurants across the country...Modell’s Sporting Goods will snag its first downtown Boston store when it opens at the Boylston Street site of former rival City Sports in March. The move is a result of the bankruptcy proceedings of City Sports, which first filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October...Construction has started on a 136-room, $14 million Hilton Garden Inn at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA... Summer Shack closed its Dedham location last month. There are still 3 operating locations: Cambridge, Boston, and in Mohegan Sun... Big Y will acquire the operating assets of 3 MA O’Connell Convenience Plus Stations, which it will convert to its Big Y Express banner. There are currently two Big Y Express Gas and Convenience Stores in operation in MA...Luxury candy shop Sugarfina has opened a store at the Prudential Center. Sugarfina started as an online shop in 2012 and now has standalone stores and retail partners across the country. This is the company’s first standalone store in MA...MyStryde, New England’s first treadmill running studio, opened this month in Boston’s North End. MyStryde’s classes run along themes like Powerwalk, Stryde, Endurance and Bootcamp. In addition, they offer Race Training Packages for those training for the Boston Marathon and other major events. The studio features showers and bathrooms and a small retail space selling running accessories...Nordstrom will open a Nordstrom Rack at The Marketplace at Braintree, MA, scheduled to open in fall 2016, the sixth Nordstrom Rack in greater Boston. Nordstrom also operates four full-line MA stores... Webster Bank assumed the leases for 3 former Boston Citibank branches, giving the CT-based institution control of all 17 locations Citi abandoned in the region. Webster announced the Boston expansion in December, after Citi decided to pull out of retail banking in MA... The Boston Market in Saugus has closed. Boston Market currently operates 9 MA stores. The chain started in Newtonville in 1985 under the name “Boston Chicken”...The well-known Spag’s building on Route 9 in Shrewsbury has been demolished. The store, founded by Anthony “Spag” Borgatti, operated until 2013, selling household goods at low prices. The site will be converted to a 375,000 s/f mixed housing/retail space, which will include a Whole Foods.