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Bloomingdale's Coming to Downtown?

9/17/2008 12:01:00 AM
The Globe reported last week that Bloomingdale's is in talks to set up shop in the Prudential Center area.

Bloomingdale's is in talks with Boston Properties to be the retail centerpiece of a proposed Prudential Center tower, according to a local official briefed on the matter. Bloomingdale's said the company does not comment on prospective locations. Andy LaGrega, of Wilder Cos., a Boston development firm, said Bloomingdale's, which already has a store in Chestnut Hill, has been trying to open a store in Boston since 2004, when the old New England Life building was being transformed into The Newbury. The developers could not accommodate the space Bloomingdale's needed, but the clothier remained interested in moving to the city. The Prudential Center has more than 75 shops and restaurants including Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Sephora.

From the sounds of it though, if it's going to be part of a "proposed" tower, that means it's probably going to be a handful of years before this actually happens. God knows zoning, licensing, construction - and all that jazz - takes forever here.

You know what they should do? They should just take over Louis Boston's space in 2010 when their lease is up (here).



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