KINGSTON – The target for the transformation of the Independence Mall into The Kingston Collection has changed to early December, in time for the holidays.

The announcement last November that a new mix of outlet, retail, restaurants and entertainment offering created a stir on social media and excitement in town from officials and shoppers.

The excitement continues despite delays in November’s plan for an August grand opening. Timelines for reconstruction can be hard to pinpoint, General Manager Wynn Schoeneck said, but they are moving right along with plans for the mall.
“We’re looking forward to a large scale blowout event to celebrate The Kingston Collection in early December,” he said.
The Independence Mall has been located at 101 Independence Mall Way since it was built in 1989. Now with the new name of the collection of stores comes a new name for the roadway. It’s going to be Kingston Collection Way, with local and state approvals.

Schoeneck said the name change, which will require new signs at the mall and on the highway, will go into effect around the same time as the grand opening celebration.
Changes that have already been made include an expanded Newbury Comics in a new location and comfortable seating areas for shoppers. Roof, pavement and lighting upgrades were underway when the new name and new concept were announced.
Several new tenants have been announced since November, and Schoeneck said there are more to come. The Mac Express, selling Apple products and services, will have a grand opening at 10 a.m. with a live Fun 107 radio broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

An Abercrombie & Fitch outlet will join the collection of fashion outlets at Kingston Collection. The store will be the brand’s first outlet store in Massachusetts.

Latitude 360 is a state-of-the-art 40,000-square-foot entertainment facility with multiple forms of entertainment on multiple floors, including upscale bowling, a game room, HD sports theater and live entertainment. There will be one entrance inside the mall and the other will lead outside.

Billy Beez, based on the Billy Beez family of bees, will feature The Honey Café offering healthy snacks and drinks, and the play area will have a mix of activities that are designed to encourage physical, mental and social development.
The Fastrax Raceway Indoor Karting Center was the first new tenant to be announced. The entrance to the custom race car and entertainment experience at speeds in the 50 mile per hour range will be located next to Regal Cinemas in the Independence Mall Food Court.

The Kingston Collection is expected to be a regional draw with its mix of outlet stores and entertainment. Schoeneck said the goal is to create a social, inviting atmosphere for customers.

“We feel really good about the progress we’re making,” he said. “We’re extremely excited Kingston Collection is back on track, and we are looking forward to giving shoppers an experience unlike anywhere else in the area.”

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