I’m sad to say this, but I found out over the weekend that Kotobukiya Market will be closing as of May 10th. Lesley has decided not to continue their lease so that they may expand their bookstore instead. Really Lesley? You couldn’t have though of this before you let them put that huge Citibank in Porter Exchange? That bank is not only unnecessary (cause all you need to do is go to Harvard Square if you want to see what happens when banks take up all the prime real estate), but it also required expanding the space in a way that completely killed the flow when you walk through the mall. Now Porter Exchange feels cramped and without personality. Getting rid of Kotobukiya is just going to make things there a bit less vibrant. I understand in the end that it is Lesley’s space and they have tot right to do with it as they choose, but I also don’t think this bodes well for the food kiosks and other shops in Porter Exchange. There is a rumor that the market might get a second life in Medford somewhere, so I guess the best we can do it to keep our fingers crossed.
For a bit more info: Check out this article at WickedLocal.
In the meantime, I am hoping to check out Reliable Market in Union Square as a new possible shopping locale. Still nothing is going to beat the convenience of having a place right off the Red Line like that.