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Apr 3, 2011 06:36 PM

Kay's market returns to Watertown?

I was walking down Bigelow Ave in East Watertown and saw a sign in an empty storefront reading "Coming soon: Kay's Fresh Farm Store". I'm hoping this is the same Kay's that used to be on Mount Auburn Street in the same neighborhood, across from Arax Market. I think the owner passed away but his son is still around? I haven't heard anything else about this, and I'm looking forward to seeing what goes in there.

Arax Market
585 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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  1. The market opened a week or so ago, but they aren't having the grand opening for a few more weeks (the owner said not until he gets the awning). I've been in there twice already, and it's pretty good. The owner is super nice, and always says to let him know if there's anything you want, and he'll get it. The prices are competitive with most stores, and the quality is pretty good - better than what you'd get at one of the bigger stores. It's not 100% complete yet, I guess a deli or something is going in soon. There is a decent cheese selection as well. Obviously not Formaggio but not bad either.

    It's at 55 Bigelow Ave, so definitely check it out. I'm not sure if it's the same folks that Pia mentioned, but the owner is relatively young, and I think his elderly father spends a lot of time there.

    1. I stopped by yesterday. Pretty good little place with reasonable prices. They sell mostly produce but also have a few Armenian groceries, some olives and a variety of nuts and dried fruits. The quality of the greens and most of the produce, with the exception of the citrus, seemed good. Most of the citrus seemed somewhat soft and tired. It could be that they are still figuring out demand and will get their ordering down soon.

      I picked up a couple of pounds of very fresh poblanos at $2.99/lb., which is more or less in line with Market Basket prices, and definitely cheaper than Whole Foods or Wilson Farm.

      The man I spoke with (owner?) said that they will soon be offering Dom's of Malden steak tips, chicken, sausages and ribs, both marinated and plain, and will sell them for a couple of dollars a pound less than Dom's. I think he said $6.99.

      It seems like a promising little place.