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Gordough Mar 25, 2013 09:29 AM

Coming to the Landmark Center according to Mayor Menino.

http://boston.com/metrodesk/2013/03/2...

  1. Gio Mar 25, 2013 09:38 AM

    Here's another article...

    http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blo...

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      mwk Mar 25, 2013 10:49 AM

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

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        BostonCookieMonster Mar 26, 2013 01:43 PM

        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.

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          mikeinboston Mar 28, 2013 07:53 PM

          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.

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            mwk Mar 29, 2013 08:13 AM

            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...

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          Gabatta Mar 25, 2013 10:56 AM

          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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            Jenny Ondioline Mar 25, 2013 11:16 AM

            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.

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              Gordough Mar 25, 2013 12:08 PM

              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.

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            meeps2002 Mar 25, 2013 11:07 AM

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

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              lergnom Mar 25, 2013 12:37 PM

              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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                chrisdapos Mar 25, 2013 01:20 PM

                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.

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                  lergnom Mar 25, 2013 02:55 PM

                  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.

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                    chrisdapos Mar 25, 2013 03:30 PM

                    I think that is what they are planning on:
                    http://fenwaykenmore.patch.com/articl...

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                  Gordough Mar 25, 2013 01:33 PM

                  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.

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                    Jenny Ondioline Mar 25, 2013 03:43 PM

                    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.

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                  VivreManger Mar 25, 2013 02:37 PM

                  Is this such a slow news day that Boston.com has nothing better to put on its front page (earlier today, its headline) than that Wegmans is coming to Boston?

                  Wgmn's is ok, but not worth a front page story.

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                    MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2013 02:41 PM

                    Well, it's hype, but it's not Shake Shack level hype. People do get excited about the Wegmans. I imagine if that Star Market were my local, I'd be singing hallelujahs right now.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                      lergnom Mar 25, 2013 02:50 PM

                      Everything goes on the front page now. The Herald runs a twitter feed in a big space. They want to generate page views and they understand that putting it up front leads to a click into the site.

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                      sr44 Mar 25, 2013 05:30 PM

                      Has the Wegmans that is replacing the Omni on Rte 9 opened yet? I think he is testing what will play in an urban environment with a view to Manhattan and Washington DC and probably beyond. In Central NY, he mostly has a suburban audience, so he frequently needs to expand parking lots.

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                        Gordough Mar 26, 2013 07:37 AM

                        No, the Chestnut Hill Wegmans has not opened. I'd say at least 3-5 more months.

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                          overproofed Mar 26, 2013 07:38 AM

                          The Wegman's on Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill won't open until this fall. The most recent estimate I saw was for October or November.

                          The full-size one in Burlington is scheduled to open in Spring, 2014.

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                            greygarious Mar 27, 2013 01:33 PM

                            I hope you are right about Burlington. I heard a discussion of Wegman's on WGBH radio yesterday and though they talked about Northborough, Chestnut Hill and Fenway, did not mention Burlington at all. I am wondering if that fell through.

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                              Karl S Mar 27, 2013 03:17 PM

                              Ground was broken in Burlington last fall. I would expect Burlington to open after Chestnut Hill (which is a smaller footprint store, not a full-sized store) and before Fenway. Burlington will have an excellent & new(ish) Market Basket and Wegman's within a mile or so of each other, a platinum combination not to be matched by any other place (not even counting a Roche Bros. not terribly far away) - with H Mart adjacent to the MB, all you need is a Price Rite to complete the picture to perfection.

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                                MC Slim JB Mar 27, 2013 04:23 PM

                                Spring 2014 is the target opening of the Burlington Wegmans.

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                  Karl S Mar 28, 2013 06:41 AM

                                  The Burlington location will be the largest supermarket in New England (a tad bigger than the current title holder, the Wegmans in Northborough).

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                                  PinchOfSalt Mar 28, 2013 08:52 AM

                                  And there is a new Market Basket being built in Waltham, right off 128, scheduled for around the end of this year. Sounds like there will be great food shopping for those of us within striking distance of 128 from Waltham/Weston up around 128 to Burlington/Woburn.

                                  Personally, having gone to the Wegman's in Northboro a few times when I was in the area, I am wondering what affect MB's prices will have on Wegman's. Wegman's seems more in line with Shaws and Stop and Shop when it comes to prices than it does to MB, and however huge the selection is at Wegman's, the large MBs are very nice in their own right. I can foresee going to MB for the bulk of my shopping and then going up the road to Wegman's for a treat and to fill in the gaps.

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                                    MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2013 09:26 AM

                                    I'm definitely a fan of that big, spacious, well-stocked Market Basket in Chelsea.

                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                      Karl S Mar 28, 2013 11:11 AM

                                      As am I....

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                                        C. Hamster Mar 28, 2013 05:13 PM

                                        Ok, I need to find out exactly where that store is....

                                    2. re: PinchOfSalt
                                      Karl S Mar 28, 2013 11:11 AM

                                      They will complement each other very well, rather than compete directly. Different market segments, doing different things, with some overlap. Shaws & S&S are the direct competitors, and will fail miserably. MB & Wegmans are in the top 5 supermarket chains, and both have nearly mirthful staff compared to Shaws & S&S (and even mirthful customers).

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                                        PinchOfSalt Mar 28, 2013 01:10 PM

                                        Wegman's and MB do position themselves differently. MB is about value, first of all, closely followed by quality and serving the needs of the ethnic community in its neighborhood. Wegman's is about aspirational cooking, convenience, and having a lot of choices for an American-centric palate (which includes some ethnic foods that have been main-streamed.). Go into Wegman's and you are assured that you can please your family with dishes that take little time/effort to pull together but come off as being "gourmet". (No sarcasm here, just trying to capture the essence as of the positioning as I have tried to understand it.) Wegman's talks about prices but really does not deliver on that; what they DO deliver is excellent quality house brands, and ESPECIALLY proprietary products that are key to their "time saving" offering and make shopping there "sticky". Go into MB and you will find a broader range of ethnic items, prices that are much lower, and fewer frills.

                                        In some ways Wegman's seems to be trying to fit in between MB and Whole Foods. Given a Wegman's that is within easy driving range, I would shop at any of the three, depending on my purpose. So I expect they will compete, especially for the shopper who is looking for quality and/or choice.

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                                          BostonZest Mar 28, 2013 04:08 PM

                                          This is an excellent assessment. I shopped Market Basket Somerville this week. One of the things I noticed was that the produce section was more active and crowded that the prepared food aisles. What a nice thing to say about a customer base.

                                          Penny
                                          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                            Karl S Mar 29, 2013 03:58 AM

                                            And the fish counters of the newer MBs are fantastic. Better than Whole Foods (or at least the WFs I've purchased fish at).

                            2. C. Hamster Mar 28, 2013 05:17 PM

                              Thank you all for the Wegmans/MB discussion.

                              Trapped in Dorchester I shop primarily at the North Quincy Stop and Shop which was once awesome and now is not.

                              I need to spread my wings.

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