Chestnut Hill

the mall at chestnut hill brookline

Photo by John Phelan

The Mall at Chestnut Hill and The Chestnut Hill Shopping Center provide the Chestnut Hill neighborhood with a variety of stores and restaurants. Both shopping centers are located off of Boylston Street, separated by Hammond Pond Parkway. These centers will soon be joined by Chestnut Hill Square, which is currently under construction and will be anchored by Wegmans.

The Chestnut Hill Shopping Center is undergoing a transformation. Opened in 1949, it was by some accounts Massachusetts’ first modern suburban shopping center. A major redevelopment is in the process of expanding the center to more than 400,000-square-feet and adding new retailers such as The Sports Club/LA and a six-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux. These new retailers will join existing ones such as The Container Store, Legal Sea Foods, The Cottage, City Sports, Star Market, and The Urban Grape.

When complete, the center will have a contemporary look featuring a new village-like streetscape complete with tree-shaded pedestrian walkways, outdoor dining, cafes and new buildings with glass facades overlooking scenic Hammond Pond. For the first time, storefronts will open to both the south facing Route 9 as well as to the north facing Hammond Pond.

Chestnut Hill, MA

Chestnut Hill Reservation; Photo: John Phelan

“The design concept transforms a suburban strip retail center into a more active mix of specialty retail stores alongside office and entertainment uses,” states David Chilinski, AIA of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, the project’s architectural firm. “Site planning reorients Route 9 into an ‘urban’ street lined with shops and linked by multiple pedestrian walkways that function as ‘merchant rows’, alive with sidewalk cafes and retailer’s display windows. This hip new ‘town center’, with its welcoming, comfortable sidewalk experience, will bring a new level of energy, excitement and sophistication to Chestnut Hill.”

In addition to The Sports Club/LA and Showcase Cinema de Lux, the redevelopment will bring other new retailers to the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center including:
• lululemon athletica
• Pottery Barn
• Shake Shack
• Pinkberry
• Polarn O. Pyret
• Treat Cupcake Bar
• Bernard’s Gourmet Asian Cuisine

For more about the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center and the redevelopment project, visit

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