The Massachusetts Cultural Council voted unanimously Tuesday, August 21, to make Natick Center one of the newest state-designated cultural districts, the tenth district to win this designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The store is beautiful, albeit oversized for a JCPenney at over , sqft. It looked to me as though market research pinpointing Natick as the new Rodeo Drive was way off!
The Natick Collection is huge. Most Bostonians know it as the "Natick Mall" - its original and now official name again, as "Natick Collection" has been retired. With almost stores, the Natick Mall is the biggest Boston shopping mall and also the largest mall in New England.
And it's gorgeous - very sleek and sophisticated. Natick Mall features the largest skylight in New England, and beautiful landscaping. And in an interesting display of mixed-use development, the mall also includes a luxury condo complex.
In a contest to see which Boston shopping mall has the largest number of anchor stores, the Natick Collection would win hands-down. This popular Natick shopping mall boasts 6 anchors: Although the Natick Collection has recently been expanding its high-end offerings, it actually provides a wide range of shopping options from affordable to luxe. Men will find more and better clothing store choices than in most malls: That Neiman Marcus architecture looks like one of a kind!
Rarely do you see department store exterior architecture that is as eye-catching. Except for the skylight entrances, the NJ Neiman Marcuses seem pretty generic to me, as do the majority of department store exteriors.
What does the Natick NM look like on the inside? When is the lifestyle center supposed to open? Other than the restaurants, have there been any other store announcements. Scott October 22nd, at 2: Hail the return to great malls!!! Jonah Norason October 24th, at 6: Justin October 25th, at 6: NM did purchase a lot of art for the store, though, to make it look quite nice. AceJay October 26th, at 1: Mark November 1st, at Jamie November 10th, at That Neiman Marcus is aboslutely stunning.
And the inside of the mall is more creativity at work. I totally agree with Caldor that offering something strikingly different than the usual big square or rectangular shape anchor could be a way to ensure the future of the enclosed mall. Something we are mourning the loss of everyday that you read about about a new lifestyle or mixed use center being proposed, developed or opened, taking with it the creativity like this as well as the stores from the great indoor malls.
Mark November 10th, at 3: Matt November 14th, at 9: It would have looked maybe slightly better if Sears would have spent the money for new signs since they have been using a new logo for a while now. Jonah Norason November 15th, at 6: Nicole November 25th, at 9: The only thing that I would have done differently is the sign out front, im not crazy for the orange, they should have made it a better color. John December 3rd, at 9: Very nice mall, but the food court did NOT seem to have enough tables to support the number of shoppers they had visited in October.
I can only imagine what the food court is like now, with Christmas coming! For example, the new wing is wide, carpeted and has plenty of room. The old mall is cramped, not very wide and has regular floors. Brian December 11th, at Natick is pretty impressive…. The AF is actually not moving the barracade that is in the new section though labeled AF is actually a new brand that will lauch in late Jan.
Matt December 11th, at 3: This mall is a monstrosity and should be torn down immediately, especially Nieman Marcus with its Gehry wanna be curvature which sits on a regular old wall and isnt even the skin of the building. Caldor December 11th, at 3: I should note that the above comment came from the IP registered to Arrowstreet, the Somerville, MA architecture firm responsible for the design of the expanded Natick Collection.
Jonah Norason December 15th, at 7: Jonah Norason January 10th, at 7: Did it just close off or change into some ramp for some new parking? Jonah Norason January 12th, at 9: In the video of the demolition of the former Natick Mall, you can clearly see Ames in the beginning. Caldor January 13th, at 9: Ames and Sherwood Plaza were across the street, on the south side of route 9.
Interestingly, that Ames store—which was originally a Zayre—adjoined at the back to the building that housed the Zayre World Headquarters. Interestingly, the original Zayre company still exists. TrickyNicky February 5th, at I wonder how many of these upscale stores will survive the looming recession. The recession seems like it will affect the wealthy as well, who usually are resistant to the economy. Justin February 17th, at 3: As for the road itself, it was closed for 6 months so that it could actually be buried under the mall expansion.
After passing Sears, you go underground, and come up just before JCPenney. Rachael February 20th, at 8: The new section of the mall is beautiful and I really do love it. I was at the mall just this past weekend and it took me 30 minutes alone just to find a space, not to mention that it took me another five minutes to walk all the way to the mall. LIz March 10th, at 6: I LOVE the new mall, with all its glamour but I cant seem to find the names of some old closed down stores.
I loved a magical little earth store and I wish it was still there. Joey April 19th, at 1: The way they expanded this mall is good. The map makes the mall look deformed.
Cheryl May 3rd, at I opened an Irish Import store in the mall in September at the time of the grand-opening of the new wing. We have had a great response from customers and they love our store, I just feel so small in a sea of huge retailers. The parking garages in the back of the mall usually have plenty of parking.
Jason May 4th, at 2: John May 4th, at 8: I read in the Boston Globe today that some stores in the new wing Neiman Marcus being one of them are not doing that great. They say that during the week, the new wing is dead.
Here is the link if anybody is interested: JF May 11th, at 7: I do agree with one comment above, that the old section and new section do not blend well at all, and the old section is, and always has been, hideous from the outside. I think in regards to Natick, those who have the money are apparently spending it elsewhere, or on something more worthwhile than a MALL.
Nostalgio May 30th, at 4: But that being said, I think the Mall itself has been improved looks-wise but not really retailer-wise. I know that sadly, this Mall had to evolve or die.
The landscaping around it is classy; I hope it spreads around the whole mall. Outlet designer stores seem more resaonable for suburban malls and you get the same kind of designer stuff for cheaper. JF July 13th, at 7: I was in Natick on July 13 for lunch, and I walked through the entire mall.
Neither section was particularly busy, which was fine because it was a beautiful summer day, and there a lot better things to fill your day without shopping in a MALL. But it was the near total absense of human inhabition in the high-end section that really makes you take notice.
Pray's Furniture was eventually replaced with a Boston Baby store, but after the closure of Boston Baby in the s, the vacant space was redeveloped into an additional retail wing and food court.
By the s, the original mall was losing popularity and remained largely unchanged since opening. Initial plans called for the Natick Mall to become a power center and Shopper's World an enclosed shopping mall; however, Filene's was unwilling to spend more capital on a new building at Shopper's World after remodeling their store in the mall, thus the plans were switched onto the opposite properties.
The original mall, except Filene's, was demolished in June ; its two-floor replacement opened on October 12, Macy's relocated from the Jordan Marsh space to the Filene's space in when Macy's merged with Filene's. In late , the mall began a renovation and expansion project. Its image was re-branded, first by attempting to change its name to simply Natick. The expansion added two new anchors, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus , and nearly new stores to the mall.
This phase was opened to the public on September 7, , though some stores planned to open through the winter and following spring. The third phase, the construction of the condominiums, which originally had a projected completion of summer , finished construction during spring The final phase is the proposed addition of a ten to twelve story luxury hotel adjacent to the new wing and across from J.
Initial site work has been completed in The Great Recession negatively effected mall expansion. By December , condominium sales in Nouvelle at Natick were behind projections, with only 34 of the units sold or under contract. Several real estate agencies have stated that the developer would have had to lower its prices for the units to attract consumers in tight economic times. Additionally, home sales in the Natick and Framingham area are traditionally oriented towards single family homes which are also working against the residences.
In July , the Natick Collection reverted to its original name, the Natick Mall, citing local tradition. On June 12, , J. Penney announced that it would be closing on August With its lates expansion, it makes use of natural lighting with the intention of providing an open atmosphere.
Its curved ceiling was inspired by the American Indian translation of "Natick", meaning "place of rolling hills".
Much of the mall's design incorporates the leaves of the birch tree.
Welcome to Natick Mall, greater Boston's destination of choice for family-friendly shopping and dining. Explore over stores in the heart of the Golden Triangle shopping districts, including numerous children's learn-islam.gqon: Worcester Street, Natick, , MA. The Natick Mall (previously named the Natick Collection) is a shopping mall, located in Natick, Massachusetts and owned by Brookfield Properties Retail Group. The mall is a component of the Golden Triangle shopping district with the adjacent Shopper's World power center in Framingham. The Natick Collection (which was, until very recently, known as the Natick Mall) has been big news here in New England since it opened on September 7. With the center’s dramatic new expansion, the Natick Collection is suddenly New England’s largest mall, with somewhere between and 2 million square feet of floor space.