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Poll: Outlet Stores in Assembly Square

Assembly Square's developers plan to bring up to 50 outlet stores to the area, according to the Boston Globe. Are you psyched or disappointed?

, the firm that's developing Assembly Row, is targeting outlet stores for its retail space, according to the Boston Globe.

The Globe reports as many as 50 outlet stores could come to Assembly Square. It called FRIT's strategy "bold," because outlet shopping centers usually gravitate toward suburban areas like Wrenthem.

Assembly Row's outlet stores would be part of a broader development that includes residential and office space, restaurants, a , a cinema and a new , among other things.

Outlet stores in Somerville? What do you think? Are you eager to shop for outlet deals without driving to the 'burbs? Or do outlets, and their planned presence in Somerville, give you a headache?

Julie Engel November 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Would love to have outlet shopping without having to drive for an hour in any direction.
Chuck December 09, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I'm not a big shopper and doubt that I would ever go there. I kind of think that outlet stores are a scam just to get you in the door and that prices are not all that low. I would prefer much more office and lab space in AS instead of retail. Real job creation is what is needed for a healthy economy. Without growth there are only so many disposable dollars to be spent and developing retail and service simply steals dollars away from somewhere else. We need a bigger pie not just a bigger slice.
mplo July 10, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Wal*Mart decided against moving into Somerville, because they knew they weren't welcome...and with good reason. Wal*Mart has done almost incalculable damage to communities that it's moved into, by just absolutely killing off other business, especially the independent "mom and pop" businesses. Also, their labor policies and merchandise are absolutely and totally rotten; Their merchandise is cheap, third-world junk, and the way they treat their workers is beyond disgraceful. As a Somerville resident, I welcome the fact that Wal*Mart's not coming here. I've never shopped at a Wal*Mart store of any kind, and wouldn't, even if somebody was paying me to do so!
mplo July 10, 2012 at 01:15 PM
The area should be a mixed-use development, consisting of labs, offices, residences (including affordable housing), a movie theatre and some restaurants. All of those things would create jobs, in addition to bringing back small businesses to the area.
Ellen marking November 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
A beautiful salon and spa please , even a med spa would do well ... Hair skin nails . Treatments for body and also Botox and fillers .. Possibly a red door salon

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