Monday, February 24, 2014

The Orange Chair Hair Salon Set to Open Soon in Bedford

The Orange Chair is set to open soon at 50 Great Road, the former location of Salon Alfonse which closed back in September. The new Salon is owned by Alexandra Guelli. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Salem Five Savings Bank May Be Coming to Old Travelodge Site

Salem Five recently filed an application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Braintree to open a branch at 285 Great Road in Bedford, which is the old Travelodge site. The current plans for the site include a drive through.

According to a LoopNet posting, a lease of 2800 square feet is under review at that location, while a lease for 1600 square feet is still available. This additional space could be used for retail or office space.

It's interesting that the number of Bank Branches seem to be increasing in and around Bedford. On a national level, the total number of Bank Branches is down about 1500 in the past year. During the past 20 years, the average number of transactions processed by individual branches is down almost 50%. Going forward, I would expect to see the average square footage of new bank branches to decrease.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Recent Construction in Bedford

A quick update on several projects in Bedford.

1. Bierens Garage at 50 Concord Road has been torn down. This location is now owned by B&R, LLC and will become a used car lot.

All that remains of the old Garage is a hole in the ground. The new business is only allowed to display a maximum of 3 cars at any one time.

2. The two office buildings at 201 Burlington Road have been gutted and are undergoing extensive renovations. The buildings which were once occupied by Polaroid, was bought by Nordblom Company over the summer. It's interesting to note that Nordblom owns a lot of nearby buildings including all of Network Drive as well as Northwest Park which includes the 3rd Avenue project in Burlington.

Picture of 201 Burlington Road before the renovation project. The building will get a new exterior.

3. Rectrix Aviation completed the construction of their new Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Hanscom Field in Bedford. The FBO, which is located at 200 Hanscom Drive will house private planes and also offer Private Jet Charter. The new Hanger  replaced the old Hanger 24. Rectrix, which is headquarted in Bedford, has existing FBO's in Hyannis, Westfield and Sarasota Florida with an additional FBO under construction at Worcester Regional Airport. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Changes May Be Coming to the old Travelodge Location

After the Travelodge at 285 Great Road closed in early 2012, the owner of Great Road shopping center (who also owns 285 Great Road) submitted plans to replace the motel with a fast food or fast casual restaurant with drive-thru. While the old motel was demolished earlier this year, the location has remained available for lease. It appears the original plans for a drive-thru restaurant have been put on hold. Now it looks like the owner may be exploring other options.

According to a recent LoopNet posting, "Owner is proposing a 3600 SF one story office building" at this location.

Stay tuned for more details.

The original plans had met with some traffic concerns. In addition, several new fast casual restaurants have recently opened nearby. I'm not sure if these have had an impact on finding tenants, but it probably makes sense for the owner to also evaluate other uses for the site

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Colasante Hair Studio Opens in Bedford Marketplace

Colasante Hair Studio located at 168 Great Road in the Bedford Marketplace shopping center, opened on Thursday November 14th. As previously reported, the new studio, which has five stylist chairs, has kept the stylists from the former Center Hair Stylist barbershop.

The former Center Hair barbershop has undergone an extensive renovation including new lighting and chairs, giving it a more modern appearance. While the Studio is now open, a few remaining finishing touches on the renovation are expected to be wrapped up in the next week or so.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ken's Deli Opens on Blake Block

Ken's N.Y. Deli at 82 Great Road had it's grand opening on Saturday November 2nd.

I recently spoke with James Garabedian, one of the owners. James has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. He owned the original Ken's NY Deli next to Caldor's in the Middlesex Mall in Burlington. In 1999, the Mall bought his location out. He then moved the restaurant in to a previous McDonald's on Cambridge Street in Burlington (which is now Lesters BBQ). A few years later, he moved to the old building at the Blake Block. He then sold the restaurant to one of the employees. After the old building came down,  the new owner could not reach a new agreement with the landlord, so James saw there was an opportunity to re-open Ken's. This time he partnered up with co-owners Marie and John Cronin (who also own Wicked Good Frozen Yogurt right next door to Ken's).

The new restaurant has 47 seats and includes art work of the New York skyline.

James mentioned he loved to cook so his main focus in on the food. The restaurant does not have any microwaves and most items are made from scratch. They get their corn beef from the same supplier as the Carnegie Deli in New York while breads come from a Jewish Bakery in Brookline.

Most of the old menu has been brought back along with some new additions including Soups, Pasta Entrees and Brick Oven Pizzas. Their number one specialty is carved turkey.

The expanded menu has over 100 items. Please click on the image for a close up view.

The deli recently got approved for a Beer and Wine license. They plan to have six different beers on draft along with bottled beer. They are still working on the wine selection, but expect to begin serving beer and wine before the end of the month.

The new restaurant is more spacious and includes a number of high top counter seats.

The restaurant is open from 10am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and to 2 1 pm on Sundays. Breakfast, including Omelets and Pancakes is available on Saturdays and Sundays. While you normally order at the counter, table service is available on the weekend for both Breakfast and Dinner.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ken's NY Deli Opening Friday Morning

Ken's NY Deli on the Blake Block at 82 Great Road is officially opening on 10 am on Friday November 1st. Along with Pizza, Deli Items and Sandwiches, the new restaurant will also serve Beer and Wine.

The new restaurant is set to officially open on November 1st at 10 am.

The opening of Ken's represents the last in a string of eight new restaurants that have opened in Bedford during the past 6 months which includes b.Good, Bedford Cupcake, Chipotle's, Ginger, Panera Bread, Subway and Wicked Good Frozen Yogurt. It would be interesting to compare the meals sales tax revenue numbers for Bedford for 2012 with 2013 to see if the new restaurants were able to drive additional customers to Bedford.