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Mar 25, 2013 09:29 AM

Wegmans Fenway

Coming to the Landmark Center according to Mayor Menino.

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    1. Ha...I bet that cruddy Shaw's across the street is closed within six months after Wegmans opens...

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      1. re: mwk

        I guess I'm the only person in the world who is sorta-kinda fond of that Shaw's in all its 70s time capsule glory. At least, it doesn't infuriate me like the supposedly fancy one at the Pru. But I'd much rather have a Wegman's if it comes to that.

        1. re: BostonCookieMonster

          I am always amazed that I find plenty of parking in their lot regardless of when I go there. The inside of the store is depressing and Star/Shaw prices are the worst in the area, but if you shop on sale it can also be a life saver.

          That being said, it will be closed within 6 months of Wegmans opening.

          1. re: BostonCookieMonster

            Many years ago, when I was a student at BU, I used to live in an apartment right behind that Shaw's. My favorite time to shop there was 2:15am, right after the bars in that area closed down. The people watching was phenomenal...

        2. It will be interesting to see exactly where the store will be, and what they're going to do to provide additional parking.

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          1. re: Gabatta

            My suspicion is that the Best Buy will close and they'll expand from there.

            And yeah, the worst Shaws in the world will close before this even opens.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              I thought I read somewhere awhile back that one of the larger office tenants was vacating their space and also that the owner of the Landmark Center (is it still The Abbey Group?) was planning an expansion of the retail space. I don't think Best Buy is going anywhere especially since the Back Bay store closed.

          2. Soorry for my post - didn't even see this one here!

            1. If you look at the site plan on the Samuels RE site, you can see they control not only the parking lot next to the T but that long building with parking as well. They can fit a lot in that, but the design challenges are interesting. They have to make it possible to get a lot of cars in and out, something Landmark Center currently can't do (if you've ever seen the backup trying to get out at Park Drive). I have no idea what the traffic planning for this would look like. Exit on to Brookline Ave? Another exit on Park Drive? That's on a hill with limited visibility and a bunch of roads that already have as many lights as they can take.

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              1. re: lergnom

                Interestingly, the Army Corps of Engineers Project is reconfiguring the entire traffic circle. Perhaps Wegman's knew about this reconfiguration (which I would assume will alleviate congestion out of the Landmark Center lot) before they settled on the location.

                1. re: chrisdapos

                  One major thing that could help them is a plan to make the Riverway come 2 way up to Park Drive and to allow a left there. That could open access directly on to the Riverway from that parking lot.

                2. re: lergnom

                  I'd be interested in knowing what % of shoppers at this Wegmans they estimate will shop by car during the week. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a small fraction of customers (especially in 5-10 more years when several more large apartment complexes have been constructed). I am only guessing but it might be a number as low as 25-35% of shoppers with the vast majority walking or taking public transportation. The weekends would be different, however.

                  1. re: Gordough

                    I already never drive to Landmark Center because of the congestion. I can only imagine what it'll be like after Wegmans opens. But the Fenway T stop is right there, so I can see popping in every so often to buy a shopping bag's worth of stuff.