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Jan 23, 2009 08:41 AM

Trader Joe's In Fresh Pond

Maybe I'm the last to know this, but I asked today when at the FP WFM and the cashier told me that the old Ground Round site is going to house, among other things, a TJ's. Hooray! Slated to be completed end of summer.

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  1. The developer's plans actually call for it to go where Kappy's and D'Angelos are now.

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    1. re: Newburyport John

      But that Kappy's is pretty durned good for wine!

      1. re: StriperGuy

        Great, yet another TJs with inadequate parking.

      2. This is great news! I hope they will have a wine/beer section. Arlington is probably my closest option now, but it's just not the same without the liquor.

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        1. re: Parsnipity

          Joe's sells alcohol at three of its stores already, which is the maximum number allowed by a supermarket chain in MA.

          1. re: LeoLioness

            Oh, yeah- I forgot about that. I always in my mind thought it had something to do with Arlington being a dry town. My bad. I guess I'll have to keep trekking to Mem Drive for my cooking wine.

            1. re: Parsnipity

              the dry town thing in arlington may also have indirectly been involved with the choice as to which tj gets to sell booze growing up there as a kid we always used to say all the town's alkies had to go to lex , camb ,med, or som. to get it

            2. re: LeoLioness

              And they certainly wouldn't have two of them in Cambridge!

              The new location, of course, means its pretty much off limits during much of each workweek afternoon and evening, due to the Sisyphean traffic on the parkways there.

              1. re: LeoLioness

                What I'm hoping is that they transfer the wine/beer from Memorial Drive to the new location, since it appears the new store will be much bigger than the Memorial Dr location.

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  That would be more convenient for me, but I doubt it. The Memorial Drive location is always packed (on the weekends anyway) and it appears that amazing amounts of wine fly out of there.

            3. I'd have sworn there was already a TJ's there, a few doors down from WFM. Was there ever?

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              1. re: greygarious

                Nope. There was a rumor that one was coming (in the Modell's/PetSmart space), but there is an exclusivity clause for WFM in that center.

                1. re: gansu girl

                  Forgot about that 3 liquor store limit in Mass. Too bad, I was hoping they would have wine,too. Will have to keep on schleping over to Memorial Drive, too.

                  1. re: pemma

                    wasnt this reported a few months ago? as pemma stated above- they cant get a wine/beer license-[ will they give up Brookline?!] but now we can all get out Fage closer.. can we please just wait and see? the Newbury Comics employees are getting upset!

              2. I was in the TJ's on Memorial Drive Saturday and asked if they were going to expand to Boston. There's a great site on Morrissey Blvd. where the National Wholesale Liquidators is now. Guy at service desk said they were going to Fresh Pond. He didn't mention the 3 store rule re liquor but did say how much he wished they could sell real liquor like they do in CA. I agreed.

                Call your reps!

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                1. re: Patricia

                  Yeah, I really miss the Trader Joe's "Vodka of the gods" !!! :) (not to mention being able to buy things like $10 slivovitz and $12 akvavit...) People in CA can't believe we don't have these things here :(