Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Forget the exotic – no marijuana shops, thank you – residents want much of the same.
Given the chance to gain the ear of landlord Kevin Foley, Belmont residents said the best options for the Macy's site would be another department store, a food retailer or redesigning the site so it can house a number of upscale operations. That is the result of a poll in and comments sent to Belmont Patch after the announcement Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 that the 75,000 square-foot store – in the same location on Leonard Street for 71 years – was closing. "There has always been a department store or two in Belmont," wrote Marsha Knoll. "Why not keep a proven 'anchor store' here, which brings business into our good town." In the poll, replacing Macy's with another large retailer such as H&M was the top vote getter among those who voted. Right…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Pick from a few selections or add your own suggestion. The results will be posted Monday.
Now that Macy's has made it official that it will be closing its iconic Belmont Center store after 71 years in the same location, the question now on many people's minds is: what's next? In someways, at 75,000 square feet and with several levels and floors, the building will be a tough one to rent to a single retailer. And while the idea of multiple stores at the location is equally tricky since the landlord, Kevin Foley, will need to mix and match the right combination or there could be empty spaces in the building as weak operations fail. So, what do you think? Below are a few suggestions:
Friday, January 4, 2013
Planning Board chairman's first impression of the site.
Belmont Planning Board Chairman Sami Baghdady learned the news of Macy's leaving Belmont Center like so many residents on Thursday, Jan. 3, via the Internet. But that was because Baghdady didn't have a chance to retrieve his voice mail from the night before. "The landlord (Kevin Foley) did give me a call as a head's up but I got it late," said Baghdady. As the head of the five-member board that is charged to protect and preserve the character and the quality of life that defines Belmont, Baghdady has a keen interest on what will happen with the building at 75 Leonard St. And his first reaction on its possible future lies in its mass. "No doubt it is a lot of space," said Baghdady. "Number one 75,000 square feet is a big space so if (…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Town Treasurer predicts no impact unless the site stays shut for a while.
While Belmont Center – and the town – will be losing its largest retail presence when Macy's closes its doors for the final time in less than two months, there will be no impact on tax revenue coming into the town's coffers in the short term, said Belmont's chief tax collector. "Just like any property, it doesn't matter if it's occupied or empty, the landlord (Kevin Foley, the manager of Locatelli Properties) is responsible for paying the tax," said Floyd Carman, Belmont's Town Treasurer. In fact, it will be the state that will feel the pinch with a drop in sales revenues, said Carman. He said since Macy's did not have an in-store restaurant or cafe – which the Filene's that occupied the site before the transfer to the Macy's name once …
What will the closing of Macy's mean to Belmont; what do you see taking its place.
After a decade of rumors that it would be closing, that day finally came as Macy's announced today that it is closing the Belmont Center store after 71 years in Belmont Center. The store, up until 2006 it was a Filene's Department Store, was the retail anchor for the town's largest retail center, bringing in customers from surrounding towns who would shop in the Center's other stores. But with its closing comes opportunities for one or several businesses to replace the department store which was once the heart of Belmont's retail community. Add your comments about Macy's and Filene's as well as envisioning what should replace the iconic department store.
After more than 70 years on the site, center to see the end of retail presence.
After anchoring retail in Belmont Center for more than 70 years, Macy's Inc. announced today, Jan. 3 it will be closing its Belmont store. Rumored to be on of verge of shutting down for more than a decade due to its size – one of the smallest of the 800 Macy's in the continential US at 75,000 square-feet (the Macy's at the nearby Burlington Mall is 255,000 square feet) – and location, that official word came in a press release issued this morning in which the company announced a number of closing and expansions across the country. Calling it a "detailed a series of normal-course adjustments to its portfolio of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores," Macy's CFO Karen M. Hoguet said that today's actions "leads us to open new stores where we see …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Belmont Center store seeking to follow fellow stores staying open for more than 2 1/2 days.
It is either a shopper's dream or a nightmare: a department store that never closes. Want to shop at 3 a.m. for slippers? How about 11:30 p.m. for the perfect party dress? Go right ahead in this consumers Vanity Fair. For at least one weekend, that could be a reality for Belmont residents this Christmas season. Belmont Center's Macy's will be before the Belmont Board of Selectmen Monday, Dec. 3, (which is holding a session before the special Town Precinct meetings) seeking an action by consent that will allow the department store to stay open for 65 continuous hours the weekend before Christmas. The store would open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 (the first day of winter) and not close until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 23. That's right: That's…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Really early opening time for national retailer's Belmont Center store.
It was 15 minutes after midnight this morning, Friday, Nov. 23, and already boots were piling up in the women's shoe department of the Belmont Center Macy's. Coming out of the back storage room, Macy's sales associate Jean Keny carries a box of Bearpaw boots for a customer who speaks Haitian Creole as does Keny. "Busy," Keny said about the first few minutes of Black Friday in the Belmont store. For the second year running, Macy's opened its stores at and around midnight – the Belmont Center store was granted a 12:30 a.m. opening by the Board of Selectmen on Monday but no one from Town Hall was around to check – and the store had for customers waiting to get in. "My friend and I were up and decided to see the sales," said a customer back …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Shopping event is on Saturday at all Macy's stores.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Submitted by March of Dimes. Macy’s and March of Dimes invite customers to participate in the seventh annual “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event at Macy’s stores nationwide on Saturday, Aug. 25. “Shop For A Cause” is Macy’s unique one-day-only shopping event that was created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raise more than $42 million for charitable organizations across the country since 2006. Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer, said, “Giving back is a cornerstone of Macy’s culture, and through our annual ‘Shop For A Cause’ program, our customers have helped Macy’s give more than $42 million for local and national charities. Our customers’ ongoing support is an inspiration and we are …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Dozens show up at 12:20 a.m. to hunt for bargains or just early morning browsing.
Vicky Huang and her mother, Jane, were a bit early for the opening of Macy's but decided to wait in front of the Claflin Street entrance of the Belmont store. "We're here because we want to find some bargains," said Vicky. "It's fun to wait." But unlike the other 350 days when the store opens when the sun rises, the nearby church bells had just struck the midnight hour. The Huang's were joined by about two dozen shoppers who came to the Belmont Macy's and millions around the country who wanted to be the first to took advantage of the initial major sale of the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving. At Macy's, that meant between 20 percent to 60 percent off along with 15 percent off coupons. "It's my first time I've gone out this early …