Back Bay Marshalls fans will have to trek all the way downtown

The Boston Business Journal reports the Boylston Street Marshalls is shutting down, possibly to be replaced by a brick-and-mortar version of the homegrown Wayfair online home-furnishings site.

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You forgot about the Fenway

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You forgot about the Fenway location on Brookline Avenue. It's odd that this VERY BUSY and recently expanded store is closing. The landlord must have been offered a lot more money for the space by Wayfair.

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It's been busy since the day

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It's been busy since the day it opened! So strange and such a loss. I won't have time to trek to the Mass Ave location. What a bummer.

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Busy

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isn’t everything. It doesn’t help much doing a lot of business if you only make 2 cents per sale.

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Fenway

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There's also one on Brookline Ave in Fenway.

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Marshalls and TJ Maxx

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Marshalls and TJ Maxx are the absolute exact same store. Same owner, same merchandise, same signage, same prices, same everything. I don't know why they bother with two different names.

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No men's shoes at TJMaxx,

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No men's shoes at TJMaxx, only at Marshall's (is one major difference).

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Worst.News.Ever. (In a highly

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Worst.News.Ever. (In a highly entitled first world problem kind of way).

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Ah yes

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Because all the 1%ers were trekking to Marshalls. Wherever will they get their Gucci loafers?

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You'd be surprised. Doesn't

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You'd be surprised. Doesn't just have to be 1%'s though...plenty of us aren't the 1% but are still quite privileged. It's all relative.

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The practice of mixing expensive clothing with

inexpensive basic pieces is something prosperous fashionistas have been doing for years. You *could* buy the $500 Chanel t-shirt, but it'll mostly be hidden under the expensive jacket, so why bother? Most upper-crusty types I know are frugal where it makes sense to be frugal. They don't cheap out on shoes or tailored clothing, but are willing to economize where the differences are less obvious.

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Weird that someone would

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Weird that someone would cheer that probably at least 100 employees are now out of a job, let alone the loss of a discount clothing store that is one of the few cheap places to shop in the Back Bay. I've been shopping there about 2x per month for years... people of all walks of life shop at that Marshalls: age, ethnicity, income, clothing size -- doesn't matter and nobody cares. If you had ever been there you wouldn't have made such a snotty ignorant comment.

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Marshalls

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It's disappointing that it's closing. It was always crowded duribg lunch hours. Not everyone in Boston shops like a1%er, Marshalls has deals and sell some decent irregular clothing at a low price. Above poster is right, people from all walks shop there.

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Globe story on this says

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Globe story on this says nobody's losing a job. Lots of other stores owned by TJX for them to transfer to.

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YES

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This was my go to place for cheap dress clothes. They seemed to have more of this stuff than DTX, which always seemed to have less of that. DTX just always seems to be picked over

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Unfortunate

Boylston is like a ghost town a block up from that location. Not that I'm some crazy Marshall's fanatic (that location kind of sucks TBH), but it would be nice we could keep an existing business and get a new one in one of those sad storefronts up the street.

World class, baby!

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Don't know

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a lot about Marshalls as a company, but this location had great customer service + great staff. Hope Rob and co. fare well in their professional futures

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The only thing I know about

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The only thing I know about them as a company is that when Hurricane Maria forced the closure of their stores in Puerto Rico, they continued to pay the employees. I don't know how long they did, or when (or if) the stores reopened, but they did continue to pay for a little bit, at least (the news stories I was able to find are from early November, so a month and a half, at least.)

I'm sure there's plenty of less awesome things about them, but I do appreciate that, at least.

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I was

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confused. I meant Men's Warehouse. Idk nuthin' about no Marshalls

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also interesting because of the mid-priced home furnishings

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I'll also miss that Marshalls. Don't go there a lot, but if you live/work in the area and you need something...

One interesting angle on Wayfair: There are a bunch of pretty high end furniture stores in the Park Plaza area. It's kind-of interesting to add mid priced stuff from Wayfair to that mix.

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Landlord responsible?

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The Rebecca’s cafe that was in the same building was just recently replaced by a swanky deli that charges much more salads etc.
Is landlord jacking up rents?

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I didn't care for Rebecca's, much prefer Moody's, and

think it justifies its premium prices, which aren't any higher than at its presumably much lower-rent original Waltham location.

But a rent increase is a credible explanation: I think that Marshall's has been there for 20 years. Maybe they had to re-up, and the new rent was too much to bear. I imagine a chain of that size has crystalline metrics behind that decision.

Also, Amazon is taking its toll on every category of brick-and-mortar retail, even if I personally don't use it for the kind of items I shop Marshall's for.

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The Wayfair outlet was in

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The Wayfair outlet was in Hyde Park and was forced to move because the city claimed it was "conservation land." It was all concrete not at all conservation land.

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Wayfair sucks

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They sell other furniture makers products at a premium price. They don't make any furniture, they just charge for for products you can get from other furniture stores at a higher price. But hey, free delivery. Amirite?

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You realize that this is how online-only retail works,

yes?

They get a premium because you can shop the inventory equivalent of a thousand different brick-and-mortar stores at once. There's clearly value in that to some people: Wayfair's revenue will likely crack $5B this year.

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