More Info on Market Basket in Waltham

The site of a future Market Basket in Waltham.
The site of a future Market Basket in Waltham.
In response to reports that Market Basket had halted its work at the Polaroid site in Waltham, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy issued the following statement on Monday.

"As you are aware, we have been working for years on the reuse of the Polaroid site.

Several years ago on behalf of the City of Waltham, I went to Tewksbury to advocate to both the corporate marketing group as well as the real estate development group for a Market Basket and other divers retail opportunities for the citizens of Waltham.


As is visible from 128, the large steel framing is prominent. That progress has also generated more interest in this large parcel by many business concerns.

Market Basket was always contemplated to be the anchor tenant with other retail and office options. 

Today, I asked for some specific data about how many residents of Waltham shop at the Market Basket in Burlington. I am advised that, at minimum, that number is 3,500 people at the Burlington store.

I will continue to keep the lines of communication open between the City of Waltham and the Market Basket corporate group and the real estate group.

We are steadfastly advocating for the completion of the entire project which includes Market Basket, a major office tenant, and other retail offerings for the citizens of Waltham.

I will update you as information is available.


Mayor McCarthy


Kay September 10, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Market Basket would be great, because not all of us can easily get to Burlington.
JohnnyMass September 11, 2013 at 07:36 AM
No wonder that this city has problems if the mayor's top priority is to worry about the construction of one supermarket. We haven't had a supermarket on the south side of the river in years.
Christine Harden September 11, 2013 at 07:43 AM
I realize Waltham residents are your priority... I'm from Watertown and have been waiting, like many other local residents, for Market Basket to open. What a shame that the family is so full of hate for each other. Not only do they hurt themselves, their children, and future generations, but those who appreciate, and shop their stores. We go to Burlington and are hoping they can put their differences aside and go forward with the Waltham site.
Tom Stanley September 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM
There has been much chatter this week about the delay of the completion of the multi-million dollar development at the former Polaroid site. As many people have seen from driving by the site, the project is at a standstill and hundreds of workers are out of work due to the delay. This is very disappointing for our community and everyone involved on many different levels. As we know, construction has come to a halt because the DeMoulas family, who own Market Basket, is fighting over control of the family business and management company. Construction workers have been sent home and potential tenants are no doubt contemplating locating elsewhere.  This would be disastrous to this much-needed and anticipated development in our community. In addition to the hold up by the DeMoulas family, the current building partners have been before the City administration for at least three years, trying to move the project forward. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the City of Waltham takes much too long to act and get things done! Had the City acted in a timely manner, today the project would be complete and there would be nothing for the DeMoulas’ family fighting to delay. As a City, we need to do more to facilitate economic development, which creates much-needed jobs in our community, creates tax revenue and provides residents with shopping conveniences. The development at the former Polaroid site would provide all three of the items mentioned above but now will take longer due to the excruciatingly long, micro-managed decision making process currently within Waltham government. This process hurts our community and its residents. Waltham's ongoing inability to work cooperatively, and communicate effectively, seem to be two consistent barriers to many of the unfinished projects to date.
Jim Mangan September 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Funny how Tom Stanley lobs a shot at the "Administration" when it is the City Council, of which he is a member, that normally is the City body in the way of approval. Case in point was the constant bickering and indecision for the Main St Marketplace approvals for Chipotle, Five Guys and Panera Bread. The Rules and Ordinances and full Council waouldn't even decide on the Drive thru for PB and now PB is suing teh city over the long "non-Approval" process. Of course a restaraunt, proposing a drive-thru, would have to build the structure suring construction. If the opposition was so great to a drive-thru, the Council could have simply denied the application for a drive thru and then PB would have either appealed the decision or else decided not to go ahead with the drive-thru. As is was, it took almost a year from when the first oppostion was reported in the news, to when the Council finally took action. Tom, please look in the mirror when critizing city government and please devide which office you are running for, city council or mayor. The mayoral race starts next year. You should also decide which position you want, State Rep or Mayor. I would hope that you would not attempt to pull a Willie Lantigua and attempt to hold both seats.


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