For the majority of Boston College students, the metro Boston town of Somerville has always been a sort of uncharted territory. Although it is geographically close to campus, located just on the other side of Cambridge, the town has been difficult to access via public transportation and has not boasted of many attractions for college students – until now.
As of this fall, a new dining and retail hotspot called Assembly Row has opened in Somerville along the Mystic River. While individual stores and restaurants within the plaza have been opening sporadically all summer, the construction process is now on the brink of completion. BC students and the general public alike may now enjoy the many shopping and dining options that the plaza has to offer, all in a beautiful waterfront location.
According to Andi Simpson, Assembly Row’s marketing director, the purpose of the new stores is to bring the outlet shopping experience to Boston’s urban setting.
“Assembly Row continues to unfold with some of the most popular brands in fashion. From clothing and handbags to footwear and other accessories, Assembly Row promises to become an unparalleled destination for every fashion need. Now with the Assembly T Station open, access to sought-after brand outlet shopping comes to the urban core,” said Simpson.
Shopping addicts, rejoice: the outlet stores at Assembly Row feature some of the most popular brands amongst BC students. These include…
- Banana Republic Factory Store
- Brooks Brothers
- J. Crew Factory
- Ann Taylor Loft Outlet
- Nike Factory Store
- Saks 5th Avenue Off 5th
- Steve Madden
…and many more. In addition, the Assembly Marketplace right next to the outlet stores features some of the larger department stores, including:
- A.C. Moore
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Sports Authority
- T.J. Maxx
All the shopping you will be doing at Assembly Row will cause you to work up an appetite. Luckily, there are many delicious dining options available to you to satisfy your hunger, including:
- J.P. Licks
- Ernesto’s Pizza
- Legal Seafood
- Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill
Until now, the only outlet shopping that was readily available to BC students was at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, which were only accessible by an hour’s drive in the car. Luckily, Assembly Row is not only located close to campus, but is accessible by public transportation. At the beginning of September, the MBTA opened the new “Assembly” T stop on the Orange Line between the Wellington and Sullivan Square stations.
This new station, worth a whopping $29 million, is the first new rapid-transit T station to open in 27 years. According to MBTA estimates, the new station is slated to serve approximately 5,000 riders each day by the year 2030.
Although some of the funding for the new station comes from the state and federal agencies, part of it is also owed to a partnership with Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer of the Assembly Row project. The $1.5 billion dollar plan for the project is currently one of the largest ongoing construction projects on the East Coast.
For a complete list of the stores and restaurants that you can find at Assembly Row & Marketplace, please visit http://www.assemblyrow.com.