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What Do You Think of the Businesses Opening in Chelmsford Town Center Plaza?

As one Patch reader pointed out, it's becoming more clear what the new plaza will feature. So what's your take on the businesses that will be there?

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Patch File Photo
As Patch reader Bailey pointed out recently, it's becoming more clear what businesses are going into the under construction Chelmsford Town Center plaza that used to house Stop & Shop and other businesses.

Blackline Retail Group, the company that is renovating the plaza writes on its website that it is aiming to "create a fresh and modern shopping experience including wide sidewalks to accommodate patio seating, retail friendly landscaping and all new storefronts."

On the website, the company has a link to its lease plan, which shows what businesses have agreed to join the plaza.

The list includes the following:
  • "Reserved Restaurant" - 5,525 square feet
  • Dry Cleaner - 1,115 square feet
  • Dunkin Donuts - 2,005 square feet
  • Sports Clips - 1,345 square feet
  • Nail Salon - 1,423 square feet
  • NOBO Modern Japanese - 4,844 square feet
  • Play Gym - 4,588 square feet
  • Salon & Day Spa - 3,658 square feet
  • ChoiceFitness - 17,610 square feet
"I'm kind of disappointed," Bailey posted on the Chelmsford Patch boards. "I think the retail space wasn't selling and they had to go with whoever would sign the leases."

Other Patch readers commented on the post as well to share their opinion, with opinions ranging from "How many Dunkins do we need?" to one reader who said the commenters being critical of the businesses were acting like "snobs."

"Not sure who the snobs are," wrote Anna Bucciarelli. "What's wrong with hoping for some quality establishments in this town that is becoming over-run with nail salons, gyms/sports places, and whatever mish-mash that will pay the price to rent the space and, when unsuccessful, leave a hole in the wall. I'm with Bailey, totally disappointed but, know what? Totally expected."

So where do you fall in the debate about the plaza's businesses? Are you excited for the locations to open, or are you disappointed with what will open in the refurbished plaza? Let us know in the comments section below.
Stacey Christie May 31, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Can't wait to have another nail salion, gym, Asian restaraunt or dunks! We totally need it
Jim June 01, 2014 at 08:16 PM
The power to change the store mix is in your hands. Don't join the gym. Stick with one of the other 10 nail salons in town. Go to the dunkins across the street. If the town truly doesn't need these stores they will turn over.
Tyler Jozefowicz June 01, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Right on , brother. Power to the people, power to the people , right on.
Jessica LaCava June 02, 2014 at 07:31 AM
I'm excited about the "play gym" that's coming in, which is actually a play and enrichment center, complete with inflated bouncing equipment, wooden climbing structures, and a variety of enrichment classes. This play space fills a need that Chelmsford parents have had to travel to fulfill!
Anna Bucciarelli June 05, 2014 at 07:03 AM
I think all of these new tenants, except perhaps for the Japanese restaurant,are "temporary" and won't be around long. As for the play gym, what ever happened to taking kids to school playgrounds? Free at that. But, know what? At least the place will be cleaned up and less of an eyesore.

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