News Updates: December 2007
from the month of December 2007 are listed below.
Alpha Omega closes and re-opens to
Written by Justin on December 24, 2007 at 2:26PM
Local malls prepare for busy weekend
- Nobody was entirely sure what
the situation was when the financially troubled Alpha Omega jewelry
chain was unexpectedly shuttered on December 20th.
- Company founder Raman Handa and
his family left unexpectedly for India, with the abrupt closure of the
company's flagship store in Harvard Square, and other locations at The
Shops at Prudential Center, the Burlington Mall, and the Natick
Collection. Workers were told on December 21st that they were fired.
- However, later that night,
company lawyers and representatives with Bank of America's recently
acquired LaSalle Business Credit assembled plans to reopen the
company's stores, leaving Handa in charge for the time being. On
December 22, the Prudential and Harvard Square stores reopened, with
the Burlington and Natick stores following suit on December 23.
- The Boston Globe has more
information at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/24/jeweler_back_to_business_as_usual/.
Written by Justin on December 21, 2007 at 5:11PM
Papa Razzi Trattoria & Bar coming to
- Huge crowds are expected in
this weekend before Christmas. However, while last weekend's Sunday
Patriots match-up made Saturday unbearable at the mall, the situation
is expected to be at least moderately better this weekend, as the
Patriots will play later on Sunday afternoon, and many people will take
Friday off to go shopping.
- More details are available at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x282557243.
Written by Justin on December 6, 2007 at 10:56PM
Random MetroWest retail tidbits
- Work is set to begin shortly on
constructing a replacement for the Bennigan's Grill & Tavern that
had been closed since January.
- Boston-based Back Bay
Restaurant Group has signed a lease for the space from property owner
Maric Inc., with the intent of turning it into a Papa Razzi Trattoria
& Bar. Work is set to begin within a few days to gut the interior
of the restaurant, which according to the company was old and in poor
condition. The company will spend $2.3 million to entirely re-do the
interior and construct a new facade on the building. The restaurant is
expected to open in late Spring 2008.
- For more information, the MWDN
has a story at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/business/x2128348505.
The "This Is Framingham" blog also has an entry on the story, check
that out at http://thisisframingham.com/?p=297.
Written by Justin on December 2, 2007 at 4:38PM
- JoS. A. Bank has opened at
Venture West Plaza in Framingham on Route 9. The location is the
company's second in the area, the other is located further down Route 9
at One Apple Hill in Natick.
- We finally know when P.F.
Chang's is opening! Sometime in February 2008 is the word. Hugo Boss
will also be joining the exclusive 'F' wing sometime in the near
future. The full list of openings can be found on the What's Opening When page.
- To bond with customers,
American Express opened an American Express Members Lounge in the
Natick Collection expansion in November. The outpost, which will remain
open through the holiday season, provides restrooms, coat checking,
snacks, gift wrapping, and sofas to cardholders. The Natick lounge is
one of only two: the other is at The Mall at Short Hills in Short
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