The Curious George Store to Stay in Harvard Square

The Curious George Store in Cambridge, Mass., the book and toy store exclusively focused on Curious George, has reached an agreement with developer Regency Centers to stay in Harvard Square during and after upcoming construction and renovation, the Cambridge Day reported.

The store, which is located at the corners of JFK and Brattle Streets in the Abbot building on Harvard Square, was facing closure due to a planned office and retail construction project that will encompass the Abbott building along with two neighboring buildings. However, after an outpouring of community support for the Curious George Store, Regency Centers agreed to a plan that will find a temporary new home for the store while construction takes place. Once construction is completed, the store will have a new space in the Abbot building with a favorable long-term lease, though it will not likely be able to return to its current storefront.

"Curious George is a product of Cambridge, and our home in Harvard Square is critical to both our identity and the success of the store," owner Adam Hirsch said. "We are pleased that Regency Centers was willing to work with us to find a creative solution."

There is no schedule yet for development to begin; Regency Centers' updated proposals are under final review by the Cambridge Planning Board.

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