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Mar 7, 2009 11:59 AM

Marty's Liquors in Allston is closing

Word is their landlord raised the rent and they decided to just pack it in. Hard to believe any landlord in this economy would be so stupid as to drive out a paying tenant, but that's what the staff told me. The Newton location is staying open. Bummer.

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  1. I'm so happy that the Newton store is staying open- I was just there this afternoon and thinking that t is the best wine store ever! The staff is knowledgeable and always comes up with recommendations- but there's also a friendly clientele. Invariably someone who overhears my conversation chimes in and comes up with a tip of his or her own. It's always a serendipitous experience!

    1. Well, that would explain the "retail space for lease" sign that's been on the building for months.

      Anyone who can't make money leasing to a liquor store in Allston needs to get out of the real estate business yesterday. But still, that Marty's is a distant second to both the Blanchards down the block and the Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road, and it can't touch the West Newton Marty's, so I'm not exactly losing sleep.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Any sign of a going out of business deep-discount sale?

        1. re: VivreManger

          No, and not likely since they can just move the stock to the Newton store.

          1. re: BobB

            I scored some incredible bargains at another liquor chain that consolidated two stores into one. You are probably right, but it is work being on the lookout for a sale.

            1. re: VivreManger

              I'm with VM on this one. It's a lot of stuff to move, and they're better off blowing out at least part of the stock. Let's keep an eye out!

              1. re: winedude

                Update: their last day will be next Sunday the 22nd, and there is no special closing sale, they're just not restocking (the wine department is already decimated) and will move the rest to Newton or storage.

                I had a chat with the wine manager, who insists that the rent being raised really is the reason they're closing, and that in fact they are looking for a location in Allston or nearby that they can buy so as not to have to deal with landlords any more.

        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Seriously, it is a neighborhood with a large student population. While Blanchard's will do just fine for liquor purchases, I'll miss Marty's deli with it's tasty sandwiches and selection of gourmet food. Is the other location T accessible? Is the Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road related to the one that used to be in the North End?

        3. That's too bad -- their prices were consistently higher than Blanchard's but they had a better selection of spirits and liqueurs. Martingetti's is nice but not really that T-accessible. I guess there's always Brix for the weird stuff.

          1. I never liked this store because you could never just in and browse the selection without being trapped through going threw a register. The store always seemed way to crowded with a lot of clutter. I now live in Brookline Village and shop at the Wine Gallery. The best beer selection and wine selection, and it is a huge store..

            1. That's too bad - though my favorite thing to get there was the enormous jar of Dijon Maille - and they didn't have it last time I looked. Does anyone know of an alternative place to get the giant jar?

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              1. re: cindywho

                They had it a couple weeks ago. $15, yikes.

                1. re: cindywho

                  Too funny, cause I have bot that jar of mustard there on and off for probably 10+ years. Used to be $5-$6.

                  I agree with some of the other posters below that they probably just not moving enough wine for the space. It has been a long time since a decent wine person worked there.