< Back to Front Page Text size +

Some shops won't be ready for Natick Collection opening

Posted by John C. Drake July 12, 2007 11:14 AM

NATICK

Many of the new shops planned for the expansion of Natick Collection won't be ready in time for the Sept. 7 grand opening.

Jim Grant, vice president of development at mall owner General Growth Properties, said the Nordstrom department store and about 70 percent of the 98 planned new stores will open that day. That should increase to between 85 and 90 percent by the time the holiday shopping season begins after Thanksgiving, he said. A Neiman Marcus is projected to open on Sept. 15.

"September's kind of a dicey month for openings," Grant said. "A lot of stores would prefer to open for the holiday season."

He said some stores had simply not planned well enough to open on time, others will be waiting on merchandise and still others had their construction delayed by work on the parking garage underneath the expansion.

Still, he said, the grand opening will be impressive for customers.

"All the common area, exterior and interior, will be done, 100 percent. Whatever's going on in the tenant spaces will be pretty well disguised," he said. "They'll see our best face on Sept. 7."

-- John C. Drake

add your comment
Required
Required (will not be published)

This blogger might want to review your comment before posting it.

About globe west updates Welcome to Globe West Updates, the news blog of the Globe West regional section of The Boston Globe. Check in with us often to see updated items about Boston's western suburbs from our staff reporters and correspondents. Give us your reaction to our stories in the print editions or on the blog by using the form below. Get involved with Globe West!
archives