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Bertucci's Closes in Newton's Atrium Mall

According to the restaurant's answering machine, the Bertucci's closed May 14.

The lost one of its anchor restaurants this month as Bertucci's has closed up shop in the ailing Chestnut Hill retail center.

According to a report in Boston Business Journal, the restaurant's exit brings the mall's occupancy rate to under 20 percent, with less than 12 stores and two restaurants left in the space. 

The answering machine at the Atrium Mall Bertucci's says the restaurant closed on May 14. The message thanks customers for "all the memories" over the last decade in Chestnut Hill. 

The closing of Bertucci's is the most recent blow to the struggling property, which has seen a number of stores close to the .

Over the last few months, .

The property, which is owned by Simon Properties, .

Meanwhile, the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, located just across the street, is planning a huge development of new stores and restaurants .

Construction is also ongoing next to the Atrium Mall at the future site of .

What do you think should be done with the empty Atrium Mall? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

Tania D'Avignon June 01, 2012 at 05:05 PM
An Art Complex
Melanie Graham (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That is a really interesting idea, Tania -- I hadn't thought of something like that before.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Another great idea -- something, anything, that stays open past 8 p.m. Most places in Newton close by when some people would like to go out for a late cup of joe. But please, no banks!
Karla Vallance June 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I suppose it wouldn't work to become all pop-up stores, since you (generally) need street traffic, but that's a great building; there has to be an answer...

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