Market Basket, Others Confirmed as Waltham Polaroid Site Tenants

Construction on buildings at the complex may begin in 2013.

Several tenants have now been confirmed for the retail/office development at the former Polaroid site, according to an announcement from the mayor's office.

Market Basket, Bonefish Grille, TD Bank, Marshalls, Starbucks, and Jake & Joes (a sports bar and grill) have all been confirmed, according to an announcement from RMD Retail Management & Development, provided to Waltham Patch by the mayor's office.

The former Polaroid site is being developed into a large retail shopping complex.

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Construction on the complex will start in late March or April 2013, pending work by NSTAR at the site remaining on schedule, according to the announcement. Developers expect phase one of the build out will partially open by the end of 2013.

Also, developers are seeking fashion and office tenants as well, according to the announcement. 

The Starbucks and TD Bank could have drive-thru permits, which require City Council approval. Permit applications will be submitted soon, according to the announcement. 

In September, the city also named 2Ovens as a possible tenant, but that company was not included in the new list of confirmed stores. Developers plan to announce more tenants in the future. 


lynne gratton December 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
At last - Market Basket close to home.
Steven Cavaretta December 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Market Basket HURRAY!!! Adios Stop and Slop.
matt December 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Awesome!!! How about Bass Pro shop????
Gordon B December 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Awesome! How about an RMV that would be sweet!
George December 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Meanwhile: how many business locations continue to be vacant or underutilized along both the Main Street and Moody Street corridors? The Rail Yard Site would be perfect for a Starbucks or similar chain, but all anyone seems to want is more suburban shopping plazas. Yay, cars.
Cairo kid December 20, 2012 at 02:29 AM
what's an RMV? :))
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 02:48 AM
It's a Registry of Motor Vehicles.
NWBL December 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
RMV: Registry of Motor Vehicles
JohnnyMass December 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I'll believe it when I see it.
Christy December 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Just what Waltham needs, another bank. Couldn't agree more with George's comment. Fill up Moody and Main and THEN bring more stores to town. Waltham needs less banks and more retail!
Daniel Iknaian December 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Sorry guys but no one wants to open on Moody or Main there isn't enough parking and not enough foot traffic. Look at the first two blocks of Moody st, its completely vacant.
BW December 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Long term plan should include a bridge over 95/128 so that all the employees on Bear Hill will have easy access to this plaza. Options are limited in that area, and this would eliminate traffic concerns coming down onto Main St from the area. New facilities will always be more attractive to businesses. Older buildings in downtown should consider new development (which is happening to an extent) to bring new residents and business to downtown.
charles jacob December 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
What's wrong with a bank? I think another bar is a problem we have enough alcohol in this city ... but we need clothing stores bad ... and no a.j. Wrights please.... market basket would be great!!!! And please please we desperately need a Starbucks! Plus a bass pro shop would be sooooo awesome. Foxborough is way too far
Kristine Conti Fusco December 20, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Would love to see a Sears and a Burlington Coat Factory at the new development. We need a quality "everything-type" store. We have plenty of discount stores in the area... although, the addition of Marshalls is good, but no more. Looking forward to seeing it complete!
Christy December 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
There are 34 banks in waltham that I counted online today and at least 3 I know of that are being built or are slated to be built. Nothing wrong with banks, I just think 34 is excessive for a town the size of waltham. We need some more variety. We have banks, liquor stores and grocery stores everywhere!
Steven Cavaretta December 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
How about a marijuana dispensary on Moody. It would make the area less moody, mellow even.
Jen P December 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
When the project was owned by Related Companies there were all sorts of plans regarding traffic mitigation, rerouting 128/20/117 exit/entrances, etc. All those agreements were not carried forward with Sam Park et al. They are building by right and any discussion about traffic mitigation only needs to take place in phase 2 or 3.
David King December 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
It isn't more banks, TD Bank is closing their 2nd Av location and moving to the new site.
maushami February 28, 2013 at 04:16 AM
big lot,hmart ,kohls
Jennifer Morgan September 05, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I vote for a Target!
Viking March 08, 2014 at 05:44 AM
Neither this story nor the one on Belmont Patch gives a hint at where the Polaroid building was. And I don't see a PDF box (whatever that is) to the right. Why not make it a link right in the story. Probably lots of Belmont residents have no idea where Polaroid was. I would love to have a Market Basket closer than Burlington, but so far its future whereabouts in Waltham are a mystery. . .


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