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Apr 25, 2008 10:15 AM

New Medford Whole Foods

I drove past the new Whole Foods store in Medford today. They have a banner stating that the grand opening will be May 14th. I hope they have a good selection of hot prepared foods like they have at the Whole Foods store in Woburn. Whole Foods is located in the former Wild Oats store.

Wild Oats Market
2151 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford, MA

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  1. It will be interesting to see how they lay it out - I don't think the footprint of that store is as large of the WF's that I see going up, like the one in Woburn.

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    1. re: grant.cook

      No, it's definately a smaller store than the Woburn store. The Woburn store is huge and has a big parking lot.

      1. re: buffet king

        Is the WF in Woburn new? Where is it?

        I love the prepared foods at the WF near Central Square in Cambridge. Their burritos are awesome.

        1. re: Marsala

          WF Woburn is on Cambridge Rd (Rt 3) at the Woburn/Winchester line. It replaced Star Market about 2 years ago - big hoopla at the time, that it was one of the largest ones around. Farther north on Cambridge Rd is Roche Bros, in Burlington, which also has good fresh and prepared foods; not as much choice as WF, but less pricey.

    2. I wonder if it will pull many people who have been shopping at Fresh Pond WFM...

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      1. re: lgss

        I think it probably will. For a lot of people in the Davis Square vicinity, it won't be a lot further, and it will probably be a lot less busy. Every time I go to the Woburn store there's someone talking about how relaxed it is compared to Fresh Pond!

        1. re: maryv

          That Fresh Pond one is cutthroat. I can't tell you how many times I've been shoved with carts.

          1. re: digieclipse

            Trying to find a parking spot at the WF at Fresh Pond is like winning the lottery. That parking lot is always crowded.

        2. re: lgss

          River St and Newtonville already pull me away from Fresh Pond, even after the expansion.

        3. Drove by Wednesday evening and while the windows were mostly covered with paper the lights were on inside and it looked like all they need to open is food on the shelves. I'm really excited to have this one so close to me but dreading the parking situation. I really hope the re-paint the lines into a configuration that actually makes sense. I wonder if this location will sell wine...

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          1. re: heathermb

            They have also had staff coming and going in and out. I am less concerned about the parking, but rather the traffic which is already a pain at that location (especially the left turn off of 16W). North Street off of Boston gives access around the back, which is easy if coming from Somerville.

            Remember they already have 3 locations with beer and wine in the state, so unless they close another store or the law changes the option there is going to be SavMor. Its a good option for beer and quite good for hard liquor (they don't have the interesting mixers that the McGrath location has though, but do have a couple of bottles of Buffalo Trace in stock). I suspect their wine selection will change slightly when HF opens, but I have a big issue with their storage of wines. Its hard to know that bottle you are buying will really be good when you get it home and I have a much higher rate of spoilage from them. There is Atlas nearby, a decent option in West Medford and Medford Sq, and a few new (more boutique) stores in Arlington and Winchester.

            1. re: heathermb

              WF Medford will not be selling alcohol. If you're worried about the parking, there is more on the other side of the Starbucks, so if you are willing to park to the side rather than right up front, there should be plenty of room.

            2. There was a full page ad in the Medford paper yesterday touting the opening and related sampling/events. Here's a link.