A shiny new Apple for Legacy Place

Steve Adams

The Legacy Place lifestyle center being built on Route 1 in Dedham is on track for a grand opening in August.

In recent weeks, leases have been signed for an Apple store, Brooks Brothers Country Club, Swedish clothing chain H&M and candy shop Sugar Heaven, according to the developers of the 650,000-square-foot open air shopping plaza.

While many other major developments in the region, including the 4.5-million-square-foot Westwood Station, have come to a halt because of the credit crunch, W/S Development of Newton said the roster of tenants at Legacy Place is nearly full.

More than 50 tenants have signed leases, such as anchors Whole Foods Market, L.L. Bean and Borders, said Richard Marks, executive vice president at W/S Development.

Whole Foods Market recently took occupancy of its 60,000-square-foot space, which will become the chain’s largest store in New England, and has begun finishing the interior.

The Brooks Brothers Country Club format stores, which debuted in 2007, sell sportswear and accessories.

Legacy Place is built on a 38-acre parcel that was previously the site of National Amusements’ corporate headquarters. The theater chain has temporarily moved its headquarters to Norwood during the retail complex’s construction, and it plans to eventually return to the site.

Legacy Place will feature a generous complement of entertainment and restaurant tenants, including bowling and billiards complex Kings, a National Amusements Cinema de Lux, California brewhouse chain Yard House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Benihana’s new RA Sushi Bar concept.

The first tenants to open at the site will include L.L Bean and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, which will open in July, Marks said.

Steve Adams may be reached atsadams@ledger.com.