Just north of Boston, located in the inner suburbs, there was an area spanning roughly three miles that features three different shopping malls including: Mystic Mall, Assembly Square Mall (unfortunately, Assembly Square is now closed), and the most popular of the group being Meadow Glen Mall. Although Meadow Glen is by far the most popular, it isn’t because of size at all, in-fact the three malls are all relatively similar in size.
The appeal for Meadow Glen comes from the quality of the building, as well as the location which is easily accessible and very noticeable on Route 16, just east of the Mystic River. Weighing in at roughly 400,000 square feet, the mall is not massive by any means, but does offer enough space to qualify as a full-sized shopping mall.
Early Success and Failure of Meadow Glen Mall
Meadow Glen Mall started out with very high hopes and expectations, and reasonably so given the details of how everything began for the establishment. Originally Meadow Glen and Assembly Square Mall complimented each other extremely well, with Meadow Glen hosting a Bradlees and a Marshalls and Assembly Square featured Kmart and Jordan Marsh. In addition to these main anchor locations, there were roughly 40 more retail locations within each mall as well as individual food courts for each.
What was thought to be a blockbuster trifecta between these two malls and Mystic Mall, soon completely plummeted when Assembly Square Mall essentially shut down a few years later. Eventually, only Kmart and a Building 19 were available in the once rather popular mall of Assembly Square.
It isn’t Meadow Glen’s fault that the establishment never really took off like everyone had hoped it would, the blame can easily be placed on the shoulders of its neighbor that failed primarily due to poor management and upkeep. However, Meadow Glen still remains a successful mall today through perseverance of the tougher times.
Recent Endeavors of Meadow Glen Mall
Back in the year 2000, a new shopping mall opened just a mile to the east of Meadow Glen Mall, and it did not take long for the Gateway Center to take over as the dominant shopping destination for this area. To make matters worse, just a year later marked the end of the entire Bradlee’s department store chain, which was a primary anchor for Meadow Glen.
Things began to look very rough for the mall, but thanks to the addition of a brand new Kohl’s store that opened just one year later, the mall would continue to find moderate success in the tough market. Unfortunately during that year the mall lost two major retailers in Old Navy and Express, which definitely hindered possibly success the mall could have seen if they had held on a bit longer.
Meadow Glen Mall has definitely always been a fighter, and will continue to fight through any obstacles that place themselves in the way of success for this Medford, Massachusetts suburban mall.