Until February of 2007 the Natick Collection was known at Natick Mall which is a large shopping mall found between routes 30 and 9 in Natick, Massachusetts. The facility is owned by the General Growth Properties. After being expanded during 2007 and 2009 the mall now has nearly two million square feet and nearly three hundred retailers. The square footage and stores make it the largest mall found in New England.
Sears and Filene's were originally the two stand alone stores that a parking lot separated. In 1964 the mall construction began between the two stores. There were twenty-five stores in the one story Natick Mall that opened during 1965. It was the Boston metropolitan area's second enclosed mall. There were two small anchors found at the north side of the mall when it opened, Boston Baby and Woolworth's. In addition there was a large entertainment/fountain area in from of the new Sears mall entrances.
During the early eighties Boston Baby store closed and the facility was remodeled into a new retail wing. The wing has about a dozen smaller stores and a food court. In 1985 the York Steak House close to Sears closed and was transformed in much the same way. The former site of the York Steak House became the site of a number of retailers leading to the mall having over fifty restaurants and stores.
In 1991 the owners began expanding the structure after deciding that it was beginning to age and wasn't big enough. The goal was to add Lord & Taylor as a third anchor on the second floor and at the main entrance of the mall. The mall was sold to Homart Development Compay which is a division of the Sears real estate during 1992 and the construction efforts came to a halt. The Shopper's World which is adjacent to the mall was also bought by the company and developed two entirely new concepts for the complete rebuilding.
Filene's which was a major tenant refused to spend any more money on to build a new building at the Shopper's World and the plans Homart had were reversed. The result was the new Shopper's World and Natick Mall. In 1993 the mall's original tenants were moved to the complex for the Shopper's World. In 1994 a new two story building with more than two hundred stores was built and opened which included the relocated Jordon Marsh, Sears and Lord & Taylor.
In late 2006 there was a large scale expansion and renovation of the Natick Collection. During September of 2007 the renovation project's first phase was opened to the public even though not all of the stores were ready to open at this time. The rest of the stores planned to open throughout 2007 and 2008.
The variety offered by the Natick Collection makes it a must for all of your shopping needs if you are ever in the Natick, MA area. The hours of the stores may vary from those of the Natick Collection and should be contacted individually to confirm actual hours.