Friday, December 16, 2016

Plans for Wegmans to Open in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Hit a Snag

A few years ago, we reported that a location of a popular chain of supermarkets was being planned for Boston's Fenway area. Now we have learned that these plans are now in question.

According to an article in the Boston Business Journal, Wegmans Food Markets said today that it is "unlikely" it will be opening in the first phase of development of the Landmark Center, and that while it will continue to be in talks with developer Samuels & Associates, no lease has been signed for the grocery store. The renovation and expansion of the Landmark Center, which was approved in 2013, is expected to include apartments, retail, office space, and parking space, with the original plan being for Wegmans to reside in a 75,000-square-foot space in a "food hall" within the development.

Currently, locations of Wegmans can be found in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, and Westwood, with upcoming stores planned for Medford and the Natick Mall. The website for Wegmans can be found at

[April 4, 2017 update: The Boston Herald mentions (in an article on a park coming to the Landmark Center property) that Samuels & Associates is modifying the expansion plans for the development, and when asked about the status of Wegmans coming to the complex, principal Peter Sougarides said that "We're still working though that. There are some physical changes to the building that are changing how we do the retail."]

[August 20, 2017 update: A new article in The Boston Globe says that plans for Wegmans to open in the Fenway now appear to be "in doubt," citing issues with parking, as keeping most or all of the existing parking garage could make it difficult to have a large grocery store included in the complex. The article mentions that Wegmans still does not have a lease, though the supermarket chain will apparently continue to be in contact with Samuels & Associates about possibly of opening a store at the site at some point in the future.]

[Earlier Article]
Wegmans Planning to Open a Market in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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