Chain Store Age
In the 1980s, New England Development president Stephen Plumeri had an idea that the affluent crowd in Chestnut Hill would flock to a retail palace anchored by Henri Bendel, lined with marble, and staffed with doormen. They didn’t. The Atrium got sold to Simon, which eventually sold it and introduced a more classic Simon execution called The Shops at Chestnut Hill.
“There’s an attitude that says focus on fashion and deliver all the brands that she needs, but that’s not the case anymore,” says current NED leasing VP Manny Steiner. “At Chestnut Hill Square, we started listening to what people wanted.” . . . more