November 2, 2011

Once THE place for brand names and saving money; Boston's Iconic Filene's Basement to Close

When Bostonians think back to places to shop in Boston, first and foremost off our lips would be "Filene's Basement." An iconic shopping destination not only for Boston, but for thousands of tourists who visited the city, the flagship store in Boston's Downtown Crossing was always on the map of visitors.

I can't recall how many times I would be in Boston, that someone would ask, "how do you get to Filene's Basement?" Tough Economic times and a city that struggles to revitalize its former historic shopping mecca, Downtown Crossing, Filene's Basement will see it's 100 plus year history come to a close at the end of this year's holiday shopping season.

I know with big-box retailers that have moved into many metropolitan areas across the country, Boston has lost its hey day of great shopping retailers, the likes of which included Jordan Marsh, Filene's and now our beloved discounter, Filene's Basement.

As a person who loves to shop, it's a sad day indeed, to hear the news of an historic Boston shopping destination coming to an end. Read today's article that appeared in the Boston Globe/Boston.com.

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