Editor’s note — Boston-based Wilder Companies where Ryan Feinberg is vice president of leasing, manage the Westford Valley Marketplace at 160 Littleton Road, . Feinberg took a few minutes out of his day, recently to shed light on what’s happening around Westford’s economic hub. The company ‘develops, manages, advises on and invests in forward-thinking retail destinations: destinations that enrich communities,’ according to its website.
- When I last spoke to your colleague Andy Lagrega, principal of Wilder, he said he was expecting two restaurants to move into the vacant space left behind by Blockbuster in 2005. Those restaurants have not opened. Any idea of the timeline for them or have they backed away?
Ryan Feinberg*The previous deal for the former Blockbuster space did not come to fruition, however we are close again with another operator (non-restaurant use) which we hope to announce soon.
- What are the challenges of filling space like that of the Westford Valley Marketplace?
Ryan Feinberg*Our goal is always to provide a dynamic mix of retailers that creates a real sense of place for our customers. We’ve had to remain patient and flexible during the pandemic, and even prior to the pandemic in the age of online shopping.
Thankfully, our patience has paid off and we have some very exciting updates to announce in the near future. Most recently, we signed a lease with Lexington Eye Associates (10,321 square feet) and Sotheby’s International Realty (1,758 square feet), both of which are now open for business. We’re excited to have them both as a part of WVMP Westford Valley Marketplace, and look forward to announcing several new tenants in the near future.
- What’s your most stable store there?
Ryan Feinberg*All our stores are stable, but Whole Foods is our anchor tenant, and their business has thrived since opening.
- How much land does the shopping center occupy?
Ryan Feinberg*The total square footage of Westford Valley Marketplace is 142,800 square feet.