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New Route 9 retail complex opening Thursday

Shops and salon in first round; restaurants next

The first stores will begin opening their doors Thursday at Chestnut Hill Square, a long-planned development on Route 9 in Newton that will eventually include restaurants, medical offices, and a 70,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket.

The complex is on the eastbound side of Route 9, on the site of the former Omni Foods shopping plaza, in a busy commercial area near both the Mall at Chestnut Hill and the Street Chestnut Hill.

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The opening round includes Anthropologie, a clothing and housewares store; women’s fitness outfitter Athleta; specialty sports store True Runner; a “blow-dry salon,’’ Drybar; and a Century Bank branch.

“This is a great opportunity for us as a company and we’re thrilled to see this project actually open,” said Douglass Karp, executive vice president of New England Development. “We’re looking forward to the success of our tenants.”

On Nov. 14, two restaurants, Brio Tuscan Grille and Seasons 52, will open, and other new arrivals slated for this month include Paper Source, Panera Bread, Red Mango, Starbucks, and the first mainland location for Sail Loft, a popular Nantucket boutique.

Wegmans will open its food market and a liquor store later on, Karp said. And to anchor its identity as a lifestyle complex, Chestnut Hill Square will also house Equinox, a luxury gym, and SoulCycle, a popular indoor cycling studio, he said.

“Not only do we offer great retail shopping and restaurants, but you can also do your grocery shopping at a really high-quality grocery store,” Karp said.

“There’s also a workout component to it — get a workout done, then go shopping or grab lunch.”

The property is also slated to open 60,000 square feet of medical offices beginning in the first quarter of next year. As of last week, Karp said the building was almost fully leased, with just one 2,500-square-foot suite remaining.

While the Newton-based development company has the rights to build approximately 90 units of housing on the site, Karp said, there are no immediate plans to begin construction.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at
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