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Another Store Set to Leave Newton's Atrium Mall

What do you think should be done with the Chestnut Hill property?

 will say goodbye to another storefront this week.

Gap and GapKids will close its doors after business ends on Saturday, the Boston Globe reported yesterday, leaving just 14 stores in the Chestnut Hill property. 

The four-floor Atrium Mall is no stranger to empty storefronts--just last month, Creatoyivity and Pottery Barn Kids also exited the shopping center

The Atrium will see even more empty storefronts in the coming months as JCrew and Ross-Simons also plan to leave. Boston Business Journal reported earlier this year that the two stores will be moving across the street to  sometime this spring. 

Williams-Sonoma, Borders, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Tiffany & Co. are among other stores that have moved out of the Atrium in recent years.

Simon Property Group, which owns both the Atrium and Mall at Chestnut Hill, . This is the second time in two years the Atrium has been placed on the selling block.

What do you think should be done to revitalize the Atrium Mall? Tell us in the comments below!

Kat Conroy February 24, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The only reson people go is for the 3 restaurants, add six more and make it a dining destination.
Nicole Spasiano February 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Kat has a great point. Make it a dining destination. with the mall across Rt 9 and another shopping center going to pop up down the road this can't survive with retail
Keirnan Conroy Klosek February 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I thought I heard they were making it into office space, no?
Melanie Graham (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
That's a really interesting point I hadn't thought of...you're right in that all the nearby retail (including the soon-to-be Chestnut Hill Square) probably isn't helping the situation. It's such a beautiful place I feel like a wide variety of restaurants (with a variety of price points) could have potential.
Melanie Graham (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
A few suggestions on Twitter: @sfweitzman: Either build a new elementary school or a Target. @JillRoseNot: It's almost completely empty. I would advise them to sell it to a RE developer and sell million dollar condos.
Janet Sterman February 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
A new elementary school would serve the current needs of our community but takes away from the commercial revenue income to Newton. I don't know if Rt 9 is a great location for a grade school. More luxury condos? Affordable apartments might be better...
Stephanie February 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM
No more apartments. That adds too many kids to our bursting school system!
Karla Vallance February 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Brilliant idea.
Melanie Graham (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Keirnan--I don't believe so, unless I missed something. I think that may have been one of the proposals on the table back on 2010 when it was up for sale then. I haven't heard of any recent proposals with office space.
darby kominik February 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Connect it with an overpass to chestnut hill mall and put in LL Bean and restaurants ...a target would be nice too, but not the right layout for it.
Paula Kaufman February 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Updated Christmas Tree Shop or Target.

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