TROT, TROT TO BOSTON: Boston developers are confident shoppers will keep spending long past the holidays, given the number of projects in development. The Shops at the Prudential Center are about to get a major overhaul complements of Boston Properties. Executives there declined to name any of the incoming tenants just yet, but vowed to identify the retailer that has been secured for a nearly 9,000-square-foot space in the mall in the next few months. A Boston Properties spokeswoman denied that Bloomingdale’s will take that location, which housed a Legal Sea Foods for years, and the retailer’s Anne Keating said, “There is nothing to report at all and we don’t comment on potential new stores.”
The Pru’s food atrium is said to be getting a serious makeover and Boston Properties reportedly will build a grand-scale new building for office space, luxury condos and retail nearby at 888 Boylston Street near Gucci’s current location. As reported, the first Primark store will bow in Boston later this year at Downtown Crossing as part of the multi-million dollar Millenium Tower and Burnham Building development project. Millenium Partners plans to build a 60-story glass tower near where the original Filene’s once stood.
In the nearby suburb of Somerville, city officials are gunning to double the size of the 56-acre Federal Realty-owned residential and commercial site which includes such outlet stores as Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and Adidas. And in Chestnut Hill, there are rumblings of expansion plans at Chestnut Hill Square, an open-air shopping area that also feeds off regulars en route to fellow tenants SoulCycle, Equinox and Drybar.