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When Will the Last Atrium Mall Stores Close?

Bulfinch Cos. has purchased the mall and will be converting it into medical offices.

Updated 11:40 a.m. with an update from Bulfinch.

Five months after Needham-based Bulfinch Cos. purchased the Atrium Mall in Newton, there are just a few more breaths of retail life left in the shopping center. 

Patch has received a few questions from readers about the property and decided to look into the status of the Atrium Mall for You Ask, Patch Answers.

According to Tina Snyder, director of marketing for Bulfinch, there are three stores left in the mall: Janie and Jack, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. 

Pottery Barn will close at the end of January, Synder said, and Janie and Jack will be vacating on Jan. 4. Restoration Harware will close at the end of 2012.

Cheesecake Factory is also still open, however, the future of the restaurant is still a question mark. Synder could not confirm when the restaurant would be closing or if it would stay open through Bulfinch's renovation of the property. 

Once it closes at the end of the year, Pottery Barn will be moving across Route 9 to The Street (formerly the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center), where owner WS Development is adding new retail/restaurant space.

According to Synder, Restoration Hardware has plans to move to a new location in downtown Boston.

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Bulfinch purchased the 300,000-square-foot Atrium Mall from Simon in July 2012 and announced its plans to convert it into the Atrium Center at Chestnut Hill, an office and medical campus. 

The Atrium will undergo a facelift and some interior renovations before it reopens as the Atrium Center. However, Snyder could not provide details on a timeline for the project. 

A virtual tour of the new Atrium Center is available online.

The Atrium Mall first opened in 1989 with four floors of retail and a number of anchor restaurants. Over the last year, the mall has emptied out, with its retail shops closing up for good or relocating to other nearby shopping centers such as The Street, the Mall at Chestnut Hill and Chestnut Hill Square.

Papa Lew December 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
When will the stairs from route 9 to the Eliot T station bridge be fixed?
Robert Kretschmar March 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Did Dr. Detail that was in the Atrium open in another location nearby?

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