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Trader Joe's out of the Fresh Pond project

I saw something on the Globe's site the other day to the effect that Trader Joe's corporate office disclaimed any plans to go in at Fresh Pond. Sure enough, the developer's site map no longer shows TJ's.
http://www.linearretail.com/propertie...

ETA: No named or suggested tenants at all, e.g., the "casual dining" spot listed a few months back. Ouch.

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  1. Maybe that's why the ground round sign has been left up? Haven't been over there for a while, but the sign was up for months after the building was down.

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    1. re: tdaaa

      I'm guessing the sign was left up because if they took it down they would probably have to get a permit to get another one in the same place and there might be some trouble for whatever reason. This way, they just change the panels when they are ready and don't have to apply for a new sign.

    2. That is a HUGE bummer. I think anyone who is interested should ask them to reconsider!

      http://www.traderjoes.com/location_re...

      1. Does anyone know what will be opening in this shopping center? I saw Newbury comics is moving across the street to hopefully a bigger location.

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        1. re: MtVernon

          Newbury Comics is going in where Payless Shoes was. I don't know if the space is any bigger or not. I had just assumed that Ground Round was rebuilding. A TJ's there would have been really handy for us. The Arlington store is always asking for zip codes.

          1. re: lgss

            What's the issue with zip codes?

            1. re: Joanie

              Well, just a guess, but if they're trying to see where they're drawing customers from, it probably helps in planning new locations. If you want a TJ's in your zip code, vote early and often...

            2. re: lgss

              Standard retail mapping uses zip code intercept. You either pay people to stand around the shopping center or get actual shoppers at the register. The former gives better information about your potential trade area while the latter lets you do more stuff, like how much people from this area spend versus that area. It's very useful.

            3. re: MtVernon

              Originally CVS was going into the new building (along with TJ's) and I assume they still are, it fits their new big-box format. Building is proceeding, they're gutting the Newbury/pet store space. (The pet store has moved to Blanchard St.)

              1. re: Aromatherapy

                A CVS? That'd be GREAT!! You can't swing a dead cat without hitting 5 CVSs... and of course, that means there'll need to be a Rite Aid and a Wallgreens in the same shopping plaza as well.

                1. re: okra

                  Also, they need another Dunkin' Donuts. There's one by Magoo's almost across the street, and one right there, but it must be about 20 feet from the existing Dunkin' Donuts to the new building, so it's a prime spot from another one.

                  1. re: pemma

                    What's up with the renovations on the one by Magoo's? I only caught a quick look as I sped by, but it looks like a very fancy two-story DD's.

                    1. re: maryv

                      I think the second story are offices, first D&D's.
                      That was the nicest D&D's I've ever been to. Granite tables with my coffee...

            4. That is a huge relief. That area does not need any more traffic.

              1. Are you sure? Trader Joe's is still showing up in the realtor's plan from what I can see:

                http://www.linearretail.com/propertie...

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                1. re: gagunn

                  It's no longer listed on TJ's site as a location "Coming Soon", though. I have a friend who really hopes this works out, so let's cross our fingers.

                  1. re: gagunn

                    That looks like the flyer from several months ago, when I first posted about this. Using the link I had saved then (and posted above) gets the new, scrubbed plan. Also the Globe was saying the deal was off was off just a few days ago (on the site someplace, not in the paper). The story MaineRed ref'd is from 2/8.

                  2. Also, the Boston Globe ran this article: http://www.boston.com/news/local/arti... "A Trader Joe's supermarket and other stores will occupy the new building rising where a Ground Round restaurant stood. "

                    last month. So, I'm *assuming* they wouldn't have mentioned TJ's unless it was a done deal.

                    1. I just heard from someone who works at Trader Joe's that Fresh Pond will open in Sept. of this year. So, sounds like it's still a go.

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                      1. re: MarsGirl

                        Will this TJ's be able to sell beer and wine? I am hopping so..

                        1. re: MtVernon

                          I believe that state law limits chains to three locations selling alcohol.

                          1. re: tdaaa

                            I have heard that as well. I know about two, Cambridge and Brookline. Where is the third?

                            1. re: DTHEASH1

                              Per their website - Framingham.

                              Incidentally, they sell no alcohol in any of their stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland or Pennsylvania. They have one store that sells in NJ - three in NY. So consider us lucky to have three.

                          2. re: MtVernon

                            I'm guessing that with Kappy's and the alcohol store next to WFM right in the neighborhood not selling alcohol would be one of the conditions of moving in there, but who knows.

                        2. must be another ressesion thing