The Shops at Prudential Center
The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping center located at the base of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. The mall lies adjacent to many other destinations such as: Hynes Convention Center, the 101/111 Huntington Avenue office towers, and a skywalk connecting it to Copley Place.
The shopping complex is anchored by Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue; both owned by Canadian Hudson's Bay Company, and is home to over 75 specialty retailers, including upscale stores such as Lacoste, Club Monaco, and more. The St. Francis Chapel, staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, which is a functioning Roman Catholic chapel, is also located inside the shopping center.
Originally, only one department store (Saks) along with a handful of shops existed around the base of the Prudential Tower in a small shopping arcade. Nearby structures including Hynes, 101 Huntington Avenue office tower, a Sheraton Hotel, and other various shops were separated by open plazas in a patchwork of disjointed buildings. In 1991, a bold plan was put forth to connect all of the destinations together with an expanded shopping center, in the area bordered by Boylston Street, Huntington Avenue, and Dalton Street. The Hahn Company, together with then-owner Prudential Insurance Company of America spent over two years developing the $100 million project. In 1993, the new Shops at Prudential Center was completed and largely successful, with retail spaces filled quickly. The Prudential Center was seamlessly connected through the shopping arcade, with traffic - from office workers to convention attendees - able to travel conveniently to the various destinations. Convenient transportation include two MBTA stations and multiple bus routes that enter directly into the center.