Fenway to get Wegmans

The Herald reports the supermarket chain will open up shop in Landmark Center.

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Where?

Where can you fit a grocery store in the Landmark Center? Is something big like Best Buy or BB&B leaving?

Good question

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Wouldn't be surprised if it was Best Buy, REI, and Staples. BB&B does enough business in September to keep the place open all year.

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Star Market

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There's already a Star Market directly across the street. Now there will be two supermarkets literally within a few yards of each other. Meanwhile, there are parts of town, i.e. Downtown Crossing (and elsewhere) that could sorely use a supermarket.

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The Whole Foods used to be a

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The Whole Foods used to be a Johnnies Fresh Market. Not really a new market as much as a different chain.

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grocery stores in Fenway

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Whoever said:

"The Whole Foods used to be a Johnnies Fresh Market. Not really a new market as much as a different chain."

must have never shopped in both Johnnie's and Whole Foods Market. While it is true that they are both chain grocery stores, the resemblance stops there. Johnnie's was a slightly seedy chain slowly going under. WFM is part of the largest natural foods market in the country. The emphasis in each store is locally sourced foodstuff, organic when possible, but everything has to meet rigorous standards.

So as you can see, it really is a whole new store going in. I'm really curious to see Wegman's. I hear fabulous things about them.

Exactly!

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A Whole Foods will certainly be more of a competitor than Johnnie's!

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I've observed similar

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I've observed similar outpourings of fanatical obsession over Wegmans from NY'ers. Bizarre. Can't say I'll rush to check it out however... location is too far out of the way for walking.

It's not fanaticism on my part

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It's recognizing that Shaw's/Star won't be able to compete, and that if they are complacent about this opening, they're f*ing idiots.

I can believe that there are fanatics, though. I get regular updates from people in Rochester about Wegmans moving here ...

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Interesting you mention

Interesting you mention Rochester, that's where the people I was thinking of live.
Shaws and Star Market are absolutely horrible. If I didn't have other options I'd probably form a welcoming committee for Wegmans.

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Maybe Mayor Menino can

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repurpose Star Market, buy it and turn it into an elementary school that the Fenway area doesn't have.

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School a sweet thought, not going to happen

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Shaw's will give in to the upscaling of the neighborhood with it's real estate returning more than the supermarket. Samuels will purchase Shaw's plot and the adjacent gas station facing the $93 million Muddy River Restoration Project.

He will promptly add to the Boylston Street urban development with mixed residential and retail on that corner, less than a five minute walk from the new $32 million MBTA Yawkey Commuter Rail Station.

It's all part of the Master Plan, written or not.

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I think the Star Market

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I think the Star Market should be replaced with more luxury housing!

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A one story building on

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A one story building on Boylston Street is a waste of space. Integrating a school into a new building on Boylston would take up prime retail space too. Now turning the Shaw's lower parking lot looking at the Fens/Emanuel College into a 5 story school building could be a good idea. Even better if it takes over the decrepit Gulf station too.

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