The Herald News, Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Page A1
By Kevin P. O’Connor
Fall River – First is pork tenderloin with a sauteed apple topping. Then you settle into a reclining seat with a glass of merlot for the 114th episode of the Star Wars saga.
And don’t forget treats for Fido.
That is the picture being drawn for the South Coast Marketplace, the shopping center that is replacing the New Harbour Mall.
The CEA Group of Cambridge, the developers rebuilding the site, announced three more tenants to fill the two dozen stores in the center.
PetSmart has leased space as well as the 110 Grill and Picture Show, which will bring an 11 screen theater with reclining chairs, reserved seating, food options and a beer and wine bar.
“We consistently heard from Fall River residents that they wanted to bring the theater back,” said Steven Cohen, president of the CEA Group.
“We spoke to several national theater companies that were interested in opening in this location, but we were most impressed with the Picture Show team.”
The 110 Grill describes itself as “modern American cuisine.” The first restaurant opened in 2014 in Chelmsford. Since then it has opened seven restaurants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with two more opening soon in Haverhill and Braintree. Those stores will join Market Basket, which is building an 85,000 square foot grocery store at the east end of the plaza where Kmart once stood. The CEA Group announced in October of 2015 that it would gut the New Harbour Mall, a 270,000 square foot enclosed mall built in 1971.
The new plaza would have stores with doors into the parking lot as well as restaurants around a courtyard near the entrance to the movie theater.
The 110 Grill has its menu online. It includes sandwiches, seafood, pasta, salads and full meals. The restaurant will have an outdoor patio with a firepit and private dining rooms, according to the CEA Group.
Market Basket should be the first business to open. That store is expected to be in business by August.
“The CEA Group will announce more tenants every five to six weeks as they get their agreements finalized,” said Ken Fiola, executive vice president of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. FROED acted as the city’s agent in negotiations with the CEA Group and in shepherding through the tax breaks the company won for the project.
“There are a handful of tenants signing on,” Fiola said. “We expect a number of recognized companies to be announced.”
SouthCoast Marketplace expects to be open before the holidays this year. Most of the site work should be complete by the time Market Basket opens, Fiola said.
Market Basket has been a magnet for the project, according to Ron Golub, a partner at the CEA Group.
“Since the announcement of their commitment to the project in 2015, numerous retailers and restaurants have expressed interest in being part of SouthCoast Marketplace. This 350,000 quare-foot project has tenant commitments for over 75 percent of its space already.”
PetSmart will claim 22,000 square feet of that space. Pet food and supplies will be on sale along with a grooming salon, dog training, day care and a PetsHotel. In its announcement in 2015, CEA officials said other developments of this size include several restaurants, a fitness center and a place for smaller service businesses like dry cleaners, hair salons or tailors. More stores will be announced in the next few months, company officials said.