South End’s Atherton development targeting mid-August completion — view list of restaurants and shops that’ll open

South End’s Atherton development targeting mid-August completion — view list of restaurants and shops that’ll open
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Atherton, a cool mixed-use development in the heart of South End, is wrapping up construction. Here’s what to expect, including a full list of tenants.

When EDENS, a national retail developer, purchased Atherton Mill in 2007, they had big plans for what they felt could be the new center of gravity for South End.

Fast forward twelve years and that vision is coming together in the form of 30 retail spaces taking up 115,000 square feet for dining, shopping and entertainment — topped with a 346-unit apartment community named Novel Atherton being developed by Crescent Communities. 

“We have an excellent mix of national, regional and local retail partners who continue to be a destination for the surrounding communities,” EDENS Managing Director Lyle Darnall told the Agenda. “With additional retail announcements to come and The Rail Trail amenities, Atherton is the soul of South End.”

Timing: They’re targeting a mid-August completion.

New traffic light: A traffic light will be going up on South Boulevard near the Chipotle and Mr. K’s (thank goodness).

What’s already there: Not Just Coffee, O-Ku (#1 sushi restaurant), Big Ben (English-style pub), Anthropologie, Free People, Brideside (Chicago-based wedding retailer), Alton Lane (custom menswear), Living Kitchen (so healthy), Bookout Blooms (flowers), Savory Spice Shop, Sola Salon Studios, Vin Master (wine shop) and Warby Parker.

What’s coming: Barry’s Bootcamp (super trendy gym), Bonobos, Sephora, Indaco (Italian restaurant), West Elm, Cava, Drybar, The Eagle (food and beer hall), The Golden Carrot (jewelry), Las Olas (swimwear), Uniquities (women’s boutique), Madewell, Arrow (barbershop), Society Social (modern furniture), and Paint Nail Bar. And that’s not it, “We are excited for the upcoming retail announcements,” teased Darnall.

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Future new light rail station: Currently CATS, the city and local stakeholders are discussing the addition of an at-grade crossing aligned with Atherton. Future plans are to add a new Blue Line Station to serve this development and the growing population around it.

Incredible rail trail frontage: The Rail Trail will filter directly through Atherton Mill on the backside of Novel. Shops and restaurants will face toward the trail, and there will be incredible public gathering spaces for farmers markets, small concerts and tons of activities for residents and the general public.

Apartment community highlight: Fitness center with Peleton bikes and a zero-edge and saltwater pool with a view of Uptown.



Construction along the Rail Trail at Atherton


Future home of stop light at the Chipotle, Mr. K’s and Atherton intersection on South Blvd


View from one of the top corner apartments inside the Novel Atherton apartment community

Construction progress on Novel Atherton’s apartment community pool

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