Hot topics | Coronavirus pandemic

As holidays pass, retailers struggle with vacancies, landlord and customers struggle to retain their trust

As holidays pass, retailers struggle with vacancies, landlord and customers struggle to retain their trust

Jeff Allen closed up his gift shop for good a few weeks ago and left the landlord with two years of anemic sales.

Allen said nothing didn't see before anything was going to happen.

Add vacancy in the board at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The exit of tenants like Allen has dampened the mood at the historic shopping center, the average number of store and restaurant space in the marketplace is almost a quarter empty, Merchants say. Work life is an increased value now, with international tourism in Boston still nowhere near pre-prepared levels.

The Flix hoop., for example, is a humbling Norwegian spruce.

The Frustration with the landlord, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., boiled over in October when the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants Association sued over $2.5 million the merchants say they're owed for their now-depleted marketing budget.

The worst thing in the world is to have a wealth, not to exploit it for its potential and to let it sit and collect dust. That's what happened here.

Founded in the late 1970s, the construction of the 350,000-square-foot office space became a successful tourism attraction. This new house, whose history dates back to the 1700s, is still a dam for the Mayor and a landmark the city can see every day from the window of the new city hall office. The large space allows for a new City Hall apartment to open the courtyard and serve as a commercial location for the city. The proposed renovation remade the property into an famous tourism destination was built for two

The replica bar and Durgin-Park restaurant remain dark. Some extinct bars remain dark like the Pixar and the Audio-Park.

For many in the city of Boston, the market continues to be considered a quintessential Boston experience. At a sunny weekday afternoon, the locals wandered by the cobblestone pavers, searched the area for knickknacks, and huddled over sandwiches and bread from the Quincy Market rotunda a twentysomething smiled as she saw a picture of an animous dinosaur swung from the tail and forth. A new dinosaur is a promotion for

The fact that the city signed a free $10-a-year lease in 2011 in a bid to buy the market is unsubstantiated, and the economy exacerbated the pain in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, the leases dont give any space to the mayor to intercede.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency stepped in about a year ago to reach rent deals for anxious local tenants who wanted a break, partly because of the severe drop in sales that many experienced in the current market, and partly because the marketplace shut during the early part of the pandemic completely closed.

Ashkenazy able to intervene last fall because he fell behind on quarterly payments total more than $4 million a year and violated his property tax bill and quickly resolved both issues.

The landlord met with the local tenants and agreed to pay the back rent they owed by waiving amounts and setting up a payment plan.

The landlord doesn't have any time to find enough for Lindsay Rosado, co-owner of Boston Chowda, and two other food and beverage companies. She said she's caught up on back rent, but didn't sign on to a rent concession offer offered by the company.

She has not been in the business for a long time, thanks to a recurrence grant for the state but still with its support. As a result, her business remained alive through the pandemic, despite being limited to the grant of government support, Rosado said.

The local market is just too busy, Rosado says. As far as the direction where I see the things going, it's not looking all that great in my opinion. As far as the aesthetic and architecture of this property is, she says. I think they're trying to understand the whole world, but in one way or another, are they just too busy.

Joe O'Malley said that Ashkenazy made money in rent concessions to help local operators. He said Ashkenazy didn't make a profit on the Faneuil Hall mall this year, but hopes to do so again in 2022. Many merchants have had their best October, due to fall foliage trips, warm weather and the Red Sox playoff run. But some merchants, like Allen, weren't as fortunate.

Last year was tough, but for everyone it was tough, OMalley said. We shared in the pain, the tenants, too.

The optimism will be very hopeful, but not even in some cases.

The mall operator installed holiday lights throughout the center, and a Christmas tree in Quincy Market's rotunda - and pointed to the brisk sales of a Dino Safari ticket which just opened in the former Uniqlo space and declined to comment on the lawsuit.

But the disproportionate marketing fund continued to be used to get guests to the center of the event, allowing her to earn a good chunk of her annual income.

The dinosaur exhibit is surprisingly well-known and impressive. With the addition of its tree-like architecture and its popularity, the crowd can visit families who would not otherwise visit.

Thats the first exhibit we have had in many years, DeMarco said. Were turning the corner now.

Many tenants suggest that new businesses are beginning to move in. A Margaritaville outpost will be slated to fill a restaurant space vacated by McCormick & Schmicks next summer and a cafe, Sugar Factory, will open next summer in the two-story space where Anthem was later opened by Valentines Day.

As a result, George Maherakis, who runs the Fisherman's Net food counter in Quincy Market, is extremely upset. He settled up with Ashkenazy, which gave him a payment plan enabling us to make up the remainder.

Maherakis, who worked with his father in the 1990s, said that he was happy the landlord helped decorate the place, and made necessary repairs, even though vacancies are worse than it was before, and sales are just so good at resuscending; on the first year of the pandemic, he had reduced 85% of his sales.

Maherakis took a break from the stunt at his stand at the bench where it happened to be next to that roaring dinosaur.

When you look at the Dino Safari, you have to tell me what you need. "Of course, a place is better than vacant places."

Follow him on Twitter.

You may also like: