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VIDEO: Shopping Changes in Hamilton

As the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing goes through changes with new stores and services, we asked people about where they shop.

The re-opening this week of , with an expanded bar and , is just the latest change at the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing.

The 39,000 square foot retail plaza, the main shopping center in Hamilton, has seen shops come and go.

In the past year, Helene M, Scribe and have closed or relocated from the plaza. Viola Lovely while Scribe closed its Hamilton store, but . Helene M closed its Hamilton location, but has locations in Newburyport, Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine.

There is currently one vacancy of the 14 retail footprints.

It was about five years ago when Lisco Development renovated the shopping plaza, which was built in 1957, according to property manager Linda Mieggs.

Mieggs said the property owner is close to signing a lease with a new tenant for the unoccupied space.

Along with the restaurant, the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing is anchored by and Market, and the plaza includes a branch, and a . 

The new businesses in the plaza feature a women's clothing boutique, , which relocated from Bay Road next to the ; a day spa, , which also relocated from Bay Road, and a gym, .

"We try to serve the community's needs," Mieggs said. "It's the area in town where people tend to congregate."

Hamilton-Wenham Patch asked some locals who were shopping at the plaza where they shop.

Watch our video to hear thoughts from Lisa Briggs of Essex, who was mailing letters with her daughter; Alan Vance of Hamilton, who was shopping at Crosby's; store manager Joanne Donnelly at French Lessons; and Hamilton resident Kevin Baird.

Carol A Mazzetta March 17, 2011 at 03:34 PM
While I love to support my local stores, I can't afford the prices that these particular stores charge because the rent is exorbitant. The shops have to charge high prices in order to pay the rent! With the internet now, most of order on line and most of the time it's free shipping so it's a win,win situation. Carol Mazzetta
Leigh M Keyser March 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM
its time we had so down to earth level stores, like a 5 and dime type store or stores than don't carry gold covered items...if it wasn't for CVS and Crosby's, this mall would die......

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