Jul 29, 2014

VIDEO: Shopping Changes in Hamilton

As the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing goes through changes with new stores and services, we asked people about where they shop.

The re-opening this week of , with an expanded bar and , is just the latest change at the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing.

The 39,000 square foot retail plaza, the main shopping center in Hamilton, has seen shops come and go.

In the past year, Helene M, Scribe and have closed or relocated from the plaza. Viola Lovely while Scribe closed its Hamilton store, but . Helene M closed its Hamilton location, but has locations in Newburyport, Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine.

There is currently one vacancy of the 14 retail footprints.

It was about five years ago when Lisco Development renovated the shopping plaza, which was built in 1957, according to property manager Linda Mieggs.

Mieggs said the property owner is close to signing a lease with a new tenant for the unoccupied space.

Along with the restaurant, the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing is anchored by and Market, and the plaza includes a branch, and a . 

The new businesses in the plaza feature a women's clothing boutique, , which relocated from Bay Road next to the ; a day spa, , which also relocated from Bay Road, and a gym, .

"We try to serve the community's needs," Mieggs said. "It's the area in town where people tend to congregate."

Hamilton-Wenham Patch asked some locals who were shopping at the plaza where they shop.

Watch our video to hear thoughts from Lisa Briggs of Essex, who was mailing letters with her daughter; Alan Vance of Hamilton, who was shopping at Crosby's; store manager Joanne Donnelly at French Lessons; and Hamilton resident Kevin Baird.

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