News Updates: August 2005
from the month of August 2005 are listed below.
Club Libby Lu to open at the Natick Mall
Written by Justin on August 26, 2005 at 10:51PM
Scene" hits Natick Mall in September
- The Boston Herald reports that
a Club Libby Lu will be opening at the Natick Mall in March. The chain
of clothing/beauty products/ accessories/decorative accessories that
also happens to do birthday parties is targetted at the female tween
audience. Club Libby Lu is owned by Saks Incorporated, which labels the
chain as an experimental retailer that aims "to create a spontaneous
environment that encourages girls to express their imagination and
individuality". The story is online at http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=99700
- Anyone seen the Lowe's building
lately? To quote John Cougar Mellencamp, "The walls come tumblin’
down". Only a small, stripped portion of the building remains to be
demolished. In celebration, updated pictures have been
added to both the Verizon Building and Sherwood Plaza pages.
Written by Justin on August 20, 2005 at 9:26PM
Replacement for Sarkis Sarkisian hired
- Planning to shop at the Natick
Mall on September 17? Stay away. The mall is hosting "The
Scene", a national tour of mall's thrown together by
teenage-targetting corporations and GGP.
- However, the pinnacle of the
event, a meet-and-greet with stars of Canadian-teen drama Degrassi: The
Next Generation, is expected to bring upwards of 5,000-visitors to the
mall, only some of them from this area. Last year's event brought
people from as far away as New Jersey to the autograph signing.
Degrassi, which has become a runaway hit on Canadian television network
is said by many critics to be a "hidden jewel" on US digital cable
network The N (RCN channel 100,
Comcast channel 223). Just warning you.
Written by Justin on August 20, 2005 at 9:12PM
Story about General Growth Properties
Written by Justin on August 20, 2005 at 9:08PM
- The replacement for Sarkis
Sarkisian, the community development director in Natick, has been
hired. Patrick Reffett has been on the job only a week, but the
MetroWest Daily News was able to snag an interview with him. Oh, and
apparently he's a supporter of the Natick Mall expansion. The story is
online at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=106601.
- Additionally, due to problems with
the site, all of the updates that I have planned
were not uploaded before today. Also, I apologize for not responding to
much of the feedback that I have received; some of your e-mails were
lost when my former
hosting company shut down. I'm looking for your e-mails,
though, and I plan to respond to everyone's mail that I can find.
Continued speculation on Federated at Natick
Written by Justin on August 20, 2005 at 8:38PM
- At least Framingham/Natick
Retail knows more than the Natick Bulletin & TAB, for once (though
not factually). Claudia Torrens quotes Jim Grant, who works with
General Growth Properties, in saying "We don't know where Macy's will
operate. Will it move to the Filene's building? It could." Yeah, right.
Will Macy's move to the tiny Lord & Taylor building? No way. Will
Macy's no longer operate in the Macy's building? Of course, that
building is closing. That leaves, quite obviously, the Filene's
building; and as Filene's, Robinson-May, and some Macy's stores close
in New England and Southern California, the plan is to have the Macy's
brand remain somewhere in every mall.
- Grant went on to say that as
Federated will own the Filene's building, they could offer to sell it
to the mall, who would turn it into random shops and restaurants or a
hotel. Who thinks that Federated, which now has real power as the
company "owns" part of the mall, wants to sell out? And, to boot, that
would bump Macy's into the small Lord & Taylor space!
- I know Grant has no facts, and
I have no facts, but he's a bit optimistic on the part of General
Growth. The story is online at http://www2.townonline.com/natick/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=308392,
and the Globe has a similar story online at http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2005/08/04/plans_eyed_for_filenes_building/.
Note that the Boston Globe said "100 smaller stores" for the Natick
Mall expansion. Where did that come from?
Sporting Goods now hiring
Written by Justin on August 20, 2005 at 8:30PM
- Dick's Sporting Goods has put
up Now Hiring announcements in local papers, and they are taking
applications at the Courtyard by Marriott across from Home Depot. This
means that the store should be opening soon; outside lettering is up,
trucks are loading merchandise, though the store's parking lot is
likely to be modified. The Dick's Store Locator, online at http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/corp/index.jsp?page=storeLocator&state=MA,
lists the Natick store as coming soon. Thanks to Daniel Fife for this
- Petco is getting what appears
to be a new, um, awning (you know what I mean) thanks to the Dick's
construction, and Starbucks will have a new store that was speculated
to include an outdoor terrace. We'll see what happens.
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