from the month of July 2006 are listed below.
Perhaps no mall news is good mall news?
Written by Justin on July 28, 2006 at 10:19PM
New mall story in Boston Globe
- The mall has seen a bit of
press lately, but not for great reasons.
- One incident surrounds a series
of thefts at the two Sunglass Hut stores at the Natick Mall. Nearly
$8,000 dollars worth of sunglasses have been stolen, consisting of
mostly designer frames from brands including Prada and Bvlgari. The
thieves are said to be African-Americans working for a gang, but no
further details on the suspect are readily available. Natick isn't
alone; the gang has targeted locations at the Burlington Mall in
Burlington and The Shops at Prudential Center in Boston. The MetroWest
Daily News has more on this story at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=136292.
Local TV stations have been all over the story as well, with WBZ-TV
(CBS4) at http://cbs4boston.com/local/local_story_205204219.html,
WCVB (Ch. 5) at http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/9565231/detail.html,
and WHDH (Ch. 7) at http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO23522/
bringing the robberies to regional attention.
- But that's not all. One new
Natick Mall tenant, Eastern Arts, had been selling weapons that are
illegal in the state of Massachusetts since it opened two weeks ago.
The store, which sells primarily Asian statues and similar items, had
the illegal items confiscated, and the store's owner is expected to be
charged with weapons violations. But that wasn't all: later that day,
after the police confiscated the items, mall management terminated the
store's 30-day lease. The MWDN has coverage of this story at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=136495,
and WHDH has video at http://www3.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO23565/.
- Finally, several men were
charged in Norfolk Superior Court for charges pertaining to a modeling
scam. Marvel Models, a Needham-based company, scouted for models at the
Natick Mall and other area shopping malls; models that chose to be part
of the scam were victims of the men's scheme which was in actuality a
money pit. The Needham Times has more on this story at http://www2.townonline.com/needham/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=545111.
- And finally, on a lighter note,
I'll be heading down to the Washington, D.C. area in the coming weeks
to check out Tyson's Galleria. Tyson's Galleria is the mall that
General Growth has referred to all along as what the Natick Mall
expansion will resemble when it opens in September 2007 in regard to
tenants, restaurants, design, and so forth. Look for some pictures on
the From Wonder Bread to the
Mall Expansion in the weeks ahead.
Written by Justin on July 14, 2006 at 12:13AM
"Nouvelle at Natick"?
- A story in yesterday's Boston
Globe highlighted the ongoing construction at the Natick Mall. While
there isn't really much new information in the story, it might be some
good catch-up reading if you've been out of the loop lately on what's
going on. There were several interesting references, however...
- First, the article compares the
Natick Mall expansion to one of the world's most upscale shopping
centers: General Growth's Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
Several potential tenants come up: Louis Vuitton (again), Prada, and
- The article lists the mall's
current anchor tenants: "Sears, Lord & Taylor,
Macy's and an expected JC Penney". Given how much we've seen of JC
Penney, it must only be a press release away now...
- The mall will officially get a
new logo: it's the large, script "N" that's been seen around. In case
you're unfamiliar with it, you can see it at the bottom left corner of this page.
- It's no more Natick Mall...
just "Natick". I don't think I can say it better than the story...
- The shopping center also will
no longer officially be called a ``mall," just ``Natick," owners said,
in part because of the addition of the condos. ``It's almost like its
own community," Bryant said.
- The story can be found at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/07/13/a_mall_grows_in_natick/.
Written by Justin on July 3, 2006 at 1:01AM
Rooftop gardens to adorn new mall condos
- Looks like the condominums at
the Natick Mall have an official name. You can check out nouvelleatnatick.com for
renderings of what the new "Nouvelle at Natick" will look like.
Written by Justin on July 3, 2006 at 12:49AM
New restaurant to Natick Mall food court
- As if the new condominiums at
the Natick Mall could not be any more urbane for their rather dull
setting in the Golden Triangle, there's more. The MetroWest Daily News
today reported that a 1.5 acre "roof garden" on top of the mall that
will be connected to one of the residential towers on the sixth floor.
According to GGP's senior development director, it will be the largest
"green roof" project in New England. The article also mentions that the
mall expansion will include a patio where residents can grill food, a
fitness center, and a bar area. The story can be found at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=134414.
Written by Justin on July 3, 2006 at 12:43AM
- Gourmet India opened today at
the Natick Mall, in the food court between McDonald's and D'Angelo. The
chain, based in Burlington, focuses on high-quality, fast-service,
Indian cuisine, with locations at The Shops at Prudential Center in
Boston, the Burlington Mall, and a standalone eatery in Brookline's
Coolidge Corner. The MWDN has a story on the restaurant at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=133907.
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