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The Boston Wegmans would be built at the property on the left. (Google Street View)

The Boston Wegmans would be built in the property on the left. (Google Street View)

 

Danny Wegman once called opening a store in Boston “terrifying,” but he plans on moving ahead. Boston’s mayor announced Wegmans would be opening a store in Fenway.

Wegmans said the deal is not finalized. No details about the size ad amenities were available. The store will likely replicate the one Wegmans is building in Newton, which will be only 70,000 square feet, the smallest store Wegmans has opened in decades. (The Wegmans prototype is 130,000-140,000 square feet. Calkins Rd. is 110,000. East Ave. will be 90,000.)

Residents are already worried about traffic near Fenway Park. But the news was greeted with joy on Twitter.

Wegmans THE smaller imageWhy do Rochesterians care about this new store? First, Wegmans is one of Rochester’s largest employers. The success of Wegmans is important to the region. Second, the new store will be in a place familiar to Red Sox fans all over the country. Third, the Fenway Wegmans will be a city store, a major shift for a company that has only built in the suburbs the last 30 to 40 years. The Wegmans city prototype should be followed with great interest by Rochester and other urban areas.

We’ll be watching!

Links of the Day:

Costco is coming to Syracuse. That means it’s only a matter of time before a store opens in the Rochester area.

– The Syracuse University athletic department will get more oversight in determining if players are academically eligible.

Pity the Buffalo Bills, but don’t call them poor.

 

– Critics say the state budget cares more about the Buffalo Bills than it does cancer prevention and people with developmental disabilities.

– Syracuse got two hospitals to lower the rates for city employees. Rochester should pursue this.

– Nurses are seeking doctor-like authority and could open their own practices.

– The company that makes the Entertainment coupon books is bankrupt.

Long, juicy read about the Today Show troubles.

6 Responses to Why We Care About Boston Wegmans

  1. March 26, 2013 at 10:28 am Hahvahd St responds:

    Wegmans (and many other stores) should try what this Shaw’s in Newton did https://plus.google.com/109413613639593641980/about?gl=us&hl=en
    They used the open space over the highway instead of valuable real estate around the store.

  2. March 26, 2013 at 11:38 am James Simons responds:

    It will be interesting to see the urban designs of these stores and how they are connected to the neighborhoods in which they are in. It would be sad if Boston gets a fantastic, walkable, street-friendly grocery store while the East Ave Wegmans is fairly suburban.

  3. March 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm Mittens responds:

    More irritating than exciting. Wegmans has done nothing but slap the people of this community in the face.

    Let’s take a look. They just closed the convenient, urban friendly East Ave store opting for a big box, suburban like redesign with a ridiculously large parking lot. This led to the closing of the bus stop in that commercial district and an entire city without an adequate supermarket.

    A few years back they closed the Dewey/Driving Park Wegmans because it was “outdated” and “unsafe.” Like they couldn’t have done something about that. In the early 2000s they closed the Mt. Hope Wegmans after promising the community a remodelled store with vast improvements that would’ve benefited everyone tremendously. They pulled out at the last minute for some BS and left the site deserted and neighborhood without access to a grocery store. There are countless other examples of this. I believe the 1990s were when most of Wegmans’ city locations were closed, including my own local store at the corner of Culver and Bay St and the downtown location at Midtown Plaza.

    Sorry for ranting. I just find it interesting that Wegmans totally throws their hometown under the bus time and time again and then turns around and begins investing in urban planning in New England…

    • March 27, 2013 at 8:16 am Hahvahd St responds:

      “an entire city without an adequate supermarket.” Except for the Tops and Price Rite literally WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE of Wegmans. The new one will be in the exact same location with a bigger parking lot, so it will be just as convenient. Wegmans is in it to make money and there is a lot of money in Boston, especially around Fenway, which is pretty close to the swishy Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

  4. March 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm Derek Sanderson responds:

    I don’t understand the negativity surrounding the new East Avenue Wegmans. In my opinion the new store is an upgrade from the old one. I commend Wegmans for building a beautiful new store with ample parking and more services. I found the old store to be crowded, cramped, and lacking many things. And the parking was often frustrating. Yes, the new store is big, but I think it looks much nicer than the old one and the dillapidated buildings that bordered it. I shopped at the old one for many years and admit that it had a unique atmosphere, but its time had passed. Can’t wait until the new one opens!

  5. March 27, 2013 at 12:05 am Orielly responds:

    Mittens … you need to at least open one eye.

    Wegmans gets over 25K letters a year, many from towns and city governments, to open stores in those areas. They have more than enough stores here. If I were Mr. Wegman I would have told you and all the problem creators on EAST AVE. to go pound salt, closed the East Ave Wegmans and put the money in a new store in Boston Philly or DC. — where they can pretty much build what they want with out protest and make a whole lot more money, with a whole lot less hassles.

    Here they had to hear complaints after complaints and FUND delays after delays. Don’t like Wegmans, don’t shop there.

    In 1920 a person could get a job with a HS education in this city and work their way up to a very good paying job. They could do that at Kodak B&L, and lots of other places.

    About the only place you can do that today in Rochester is Wegmans.

    Wegmans closed a store on Driving Park… and you blame Wegmans? I blame the people who made the area un-safe and forced Wegmans to pay for higher security and associated higher insurance… And so Wegamans moved out.. NO KIDDING… and what would you do as a business owner. Stay there for the sake of the city? Come again? Know much about business?

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