Amherst urges developer to change plans as Station Twelve project languishes | Local News
“It’s disappointing that we haven’t seen more progress from them on this project,” Baynes said.
LL Bean had signed a 10-year lease, effective February 27, 2017, to build a 15,500 square foot store on the site. The popular Maine-based retailer for outdoor clothing and gear was the second tenant identified and a first indication of WS’s strategy to attract businesses with a national or local audience.
However, in May 2020, LL Bean asked the city to withdraw its building permit for the Station Twelve site. A spokeswoman insisted that LL Bean was not pulling out of the project, attributing it to a decision by the developer. But 11 months later, the company announced that its Amherst store would move to Boulevard.
The grand opening of the 15,000 square foot store, located next to Barnes & Noble in the space formerly occupied by Party City and Dress Barn, is Friday. It is the state’s seventh LL Bean store – the closest is in a suburb of Rochester – and will have around 70 employees, the company said.
“Well, it’s not station 12, but I’m still glad we got to. Welcome to Amherst, LL Bean,” Kulpa tweeted Thursday.
“It’s a store that has a fan base,” Baynes said, noting that a friend had texted him asking what he needed to do to be the first in line, with his dog, at the opening of the LL Bean store.