The Shops at Chestnut Hill
The Shops at Chestnut Hill
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||60|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||477,000 sq ft (44,300 m2) |
|No. of floors||2 (3 in both Bloomingdale's)|
|Parking||Free ample parking|
The Shops at Chestnut Hill is a two-level enclosed shopping mall, located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts on Boylston Street (Route 9). It is managed and owned by Simon Property Group and is anchored by Bloomingdale's in two locations, with the Women's store located at the west end and the Men's Home & Furnishing store anchoring the east end.
The Shops at Chestnut Hill, formerly known as The Mall at Chestnut Hill, was built into the side of a hill in 1974 and as such had ground level access on both of its two floors. A 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) Bloomingdale's Home Furnishings store had opened at the site in 1973, while the two-story 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) mall itself and a 123,000 sq ft (11,400 m2) Filene's store opened in 1974. The Filene's had relocated from a neighboring 1950s-era location in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center (which became the headquarters of General Cinema in 1975, and is now the location of The Container Store and an AMC Theatres, which closed in 2012). Filene's expanded in size to 186,000 sq ft (17,300 m2) in 1980 with the addition of a third floor, while the mall's Bloomingdale's home store added its own third floor and was reconfigured to include a men's department to complement a women's store it had opened across the street in 1978 at the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center.
In 1998 locally based S.R. Weiner & Associates assumed a long-term lease on the mall property from developer C&R Realty. In December 2001 S.R. Weiner in its turn assigned management as well as sold part of its leasehold in the mall to Rodamco North America, N.V. A few months later, with the break-up of Rodamco, Simon Property Group acquired management and an interest in the mall's leasehold.
The mall's structure and anchors remained essentially intact from 1980 until 2005, when May Department Stores (the then parent of Filene's) was acquired by Federated Department Stores (the owner of Bloomingdale's). In March 2006, Federated closed the Filene's store and spent the better part of the year renovating the space. In November 2006 Bloomingdale's relocated its Women's store from the adjacent Chestnut Hill Shopping Center to the former Filene's, thereby giving The Mall at Chestnut Hill a Bloomingdale's at both the east and west ends.
The mall was renovated in the fall of 2006 to coincide with the opening of the expanded Bloomingdale's. In addition to adding more chairs and sitting areas, a large handicapped-accessible elevator was installed in the central atrium close to the main, Route 9, entrance.
The Apple Store location was just remodeled and expanded (re-opened March 26, 2016). The large glass entrance doors now pivot 90 degrees when the store is open, new diffuse lighting, no discrete Genius Bar, elegant wood, and other hallmarks of the new Apple store design language.
The only Massachusetts location of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened in December 2015 on the second level at the main entrance. A Simon-operated Starbucks opened Summer 2016 nearby, at the same entrance.
- The New York Times, November 28, 1970, page 40, "Site in Boston Area; New Store is Set by Boomingdale"
- The Boston Globe, November 5, 1998, page C9, "Newton firm to run Mall at Chestnut Hill"
- The Boston Globe, December 22, 2001, page C1, "ECO/S.R. Weiner sells to Rodamco"