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About The Springboard Shoppes

Located at 145 Spring Street (formerly Abigail's) the SPRINGBOARD RETAIL SHOPPES are what is commonly referred to as a Retail Incubator.   This is a great launching pad for new retailers and is a shared business environment—that means there may be four to eight retailers at any given time in the SPRINGBOARD SHOPPES.   Tenants will not go it alone.   In addition to initial low rents and an innovative work environment, tenants receive individualized and group training in retail management.   Tenants may even be eligible for low interest loans in order to “jump start” their businesses.   Once a tenant has become established and understands the "'ins and outs" of running a retail business, they graduate to a space of their own in downtown Newton.   Everyone wins!   SPRINGBOARD tenants learn how to successfully manage a retail business and downtown Newton gets creative and innovative new businesses.   This program has the full backing and support of Main Street Newton, Inc, a non-profit organization designed to continue the revitalization of downtown Newton. 

Since opening in November 2008, four of our stores have moved out to their own permanent spaces in downtown Newton. As of February, 2011 we have spaces for new retailers.


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