Retail vacancies in the region dropped to their lowest levels since 2007 as shopping centers across Massachusetts filled spaces abandoned by troubled merchants in recent years, according to several real estate studies. The vacancy rate at CambridgeSide Galleria, for example, fell to 3 percent from 7 percent a year ago after the mall signed leases with Chipotle and T.J. Maxx, which is taking over the 20,000-square-foot site that Borders left in September 2011.
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