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What's The Future of Westford's Market Basket?

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There's been alot of buzz about Cornerstone with the announcement that Market Basket will become the new anchor store when the development opens next fall, but what of the current just a few hundred feet down Littleton Road at Westford Valley Marketplace?

According to RA Ventures, the Lan Drive-based development company in charge of the development, the old Market Basket will stay where it is as the new 60,000 square foot Market Basket at Cornerstone joins Burton's Grill, Panera Bread, Family Eye Care and Five Guys Burgers and Fries near the intersection of Boston and Littleton Road. 

The entire development, which is a mix of retail and medical office space in what is described as a brick, "Federal" precast stone acccents, will be completely leased out before the development's expected opening in September 2012 according to RA Ventures developer Robert Walker.

Additionally, RA Ventures spokeswoman Lisa Nickerson has told Westford Patch that expected traffic alleviation efforts will also be pursued, including a widening of Littleton Road along with a new stoplight and pedestrian crosswalk across from the 200 Littleton Road office complex and a widening of the Route 495 offramps onto Boston Road.

NOTE: We have been told that the traffic alleviation efforts were actually a prerequisite of the project.

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Andy Levy December 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM
This may not be the most important article on Westford Patch to date, but I'll bet it is the most most interesting for most of your readers. Congratulations on hitting the bulls-eye regarding what your readers want to know!
KSimons December 21, 2011 at 01:33 PM
This article gives the impression that Market Basket will keep it's store in the currant location and open the new one at Corner Stone and keep the two. There is no way they will keep two stores in Westford!
Tracy LeBlanc December 21, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Thanks, Patch! Two Market Baskets? Am I reading that correctly? What ever happend to Whole Foods?
Sally Rosenthal December 21, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Who does Market Basket think they are--Dunkin Donuts? Sorry, just cracking up at the thought of 2 Market Baskets in a 1 mile stretch. Can anyone besides Dunkin Donuts pull that off? I have to imagine that even if they're saying they'll keep the Westford Valley Marketplace store open as well, it will close eventually. I guess we'll see...
Lisa Simons December 21, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Westford needs a Whole Foods, not another waste basket...
Heather Reed-Curley December 21, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Will one be a warehouse while the other is an operating store?
Kathleen Spaeth December 21, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Will the expected "traffic alleviation efforts be pursued" (and completed before) the Cornerstone Development opens in September 2012? It is nice to see that this beautifully wooded lot was blasted, clear out, and destroyed so that a Market Basket (and various cooker cutter chain-stores) can go there. Why? This really differentiates Westford differently than the other towns around them. Pavement and more "chain-stores" is such progress!
Todd Ferillo December 21, 2011 at 07:27 PM
This article is not clear on what is happening with the current location. I am very frustrated that this proposed "Upscale Lifestyle Center" will be anchored by the Walmart of grocery stores. I would not be surprised if they did hold the lease to prohibit any competitors from coming in. The Demoulas will do whatever they can to discourage competition and in turn leave a community that desperately needs more options of higher quality, fresh products left with no option other than leave town to shop.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Hi Todd, I was told that the current location is planned to stay as is, that's all that I was told. If that changes or I can find more information, I will make sure to place it here!
Fred Davies December 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Teachers on strike on the common, "Grind dances" in the schools, and another Market Basket chainsprawl -Westford isnt the place it used to be!!
G. R.S. December 22, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Will there be any safeguards in place so that Littleton Road does not become another Route 9. I am already beginning to feel claustrophobic!
Sunny Killoran December 22, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I'm really unhappy about Market Basket going in at Cornerstone Square, and if it's true they are really going to keep the original location then I'm totally mystified. Talk about a low-brow anchor for Cornerstone. Ugh.
Kendra Kilsdonk December 22, 2011 at 07:31 PM
NOT happy about Market Basket going in there either! Westford could really use an alternative grocery store. Whole Foods would not go in there, when asked about coming into the area in the past, they've said that the population density isn't high enough. You'd think we could do better than Market Basket, though. How about Roche Brothers? There's one in Acton and no other in the area. The similar "upscale" development that opened in Wellesley is anchored by a Roche Brothers, it's a decent store without being over the top. I lalso like Hannaford far better than MB, but there's already that one at Drum Hill.
Sunny Killoran December 23, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Wow, I hadn't heard that Whole Foods rejected Westford as a viable community - that's crazy. We would draw people from Littleton, Acton, among others. Guess I'll continue driving to Bedford or Andover if I want Whole Foods and meanwhile I'm grateful for Idylwilde Farm in Acton.
John December 24, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Agreed that WF could do well. Also, keep in mind Trader Joe's is in Acton MA which is a lot in the lines of a mini me of WF. The concern that I think is holding them up is Market Basket's history of holding up grocery store developments in this area. What I don't get is that there is so many other ways to save on your grocery bill from shopping wholesale clubs every couple weeks to Trader Joe's of course as they do have some everyday low prices that are much lower than even MB (although they do have their fair share of stuff that is more expensive that is of comparable quality but it isn't much).
WLee February 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I have to admit, the draw - for me - to Westford when we moved here was that the town was somewhat underdeveloped, but cozy. But I'm ok with change. I must say that the only reason I am really disappointed about the new development is the choice of what is going in there. It's the same old same old that "mediocre" towns have. Westford has an excellent school system, making it almost an elite town... I was really hoping the new development would reflect that and have more upscale shopping and dining. Another Market Basket seems silly. A Whole Foods - would have been better. I heard that original plans were for a Capital Grille, Ann Taylor, Williams Sonoma, etc. THAT had me excited. If they are going to do something, it should reflect the town and be unique and upscale...just disappointed. When you choose to live somewhere for certain reasons, and pay high taxes for those reasons - building shops that are so unoriginal and lessen the value - in my opinion...it's too bad. The medical plaza seems like a strange choice as well. Just disappointed in the choices... I hate to be negative, but I felt the need to voice an opinion. Thank you :)
Bill McGirk February 03, 2012 at 09:55 AM
A new Market basket is prophetic if you think the stores should reflect the 'elite status' of the schools in town, Before long the WPS will be more 'Market Basket' than Whole Foods due to the town's funding woes. Firefighters still have no contract and are grossly underfunded. Police officers only signed a contract because they believe the teachers will not settle for a big fat zero. Maybe a big Walmart will be next so we can really Lynn/Billerica like! Dylan put it best: The Times they are a Changin'
Maryann Bergman March 29, 2012 at 04:40 PM
My goodness - you are all such snobs. Does it occur to any of you that people like me who live in Acton, actually drive to the Westford Market Basket to save money? We live in Acton because of the superior school system. Not everyone who lives in these prestigious towns has money to burn in over priced grocery stores like Roches Brothers and Donelans. One comparison - I use Tide to wash clothes - in Market Basket it is $12.99, in Roches Brothers it is $15.99 and in Donelans it is $17.99. Sorry folks, it is worth the drive to Westford to a Market Basket to save $5. Now should there be two of them - no, that is ridiculous. And a Whole Foods would be amazing - though expensive, they run great sales and have a wonderful hot food and salad bar, if you have the opportunity to splurge.
John March 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
You don't get it. 2 MBs within 1/3 of a mile of each other is ridiculous. You do at least have Trader Joe's as a low priced option in Acton. Sure, they may not have everything but the prices are low based on the specs of their products as their size allows them to even beat MB's pricing on many products. One comparison here is an 18 ounce box of Puffins at Trader Joe's is $3.79; everywhere else charges at least that much for a 12 ounce box (unless on sale but even TJ's regular unit price beats MB's unit sale price and it's not even close). Also, TJ's balsamic vinaigrette is $1.99 for an 8 ounce bottle; similar dressings to this at a supermarket are around $3 for the same size. I haven't seen Trader Joe's trail mix and nut pricing beaten either. To be fair, some products, particularly dairy and produce are beaten by MB. Also, club pricing (Costco and Sam's) has beaten MB pricing in pricing studies and the best deals for any particular item can be at any place given any time. The ploy that MB has set up is that the location of the newer MB is better because of the proximity to the highway. If a competitor got that location, they would be at a disadvantage to pick up certain customer groups, especially the short order arena that can really add up. Basically, they want to maintain their monopoly in Westford since the closest competitor is otherwise at least 10 minutes away.
John March 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Also, I have to add that with MB's history of suing competition that wants to enter the proximity of their markets, it's no wonder why someone in charge of store development at a competitor would be hesitant to pursue entering a market in which they have a stronghold. There's many other areas I can pursue that would yield a better return that are easier to develop.
joseph mcgruff March 29, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Um, the New MB will be as good as any Whole Foods or Roche Bros. If you haven't noticed the trend of newer supermarkets and new/renovated MB's in the area, its all about service, pre-made meals, salad bars, a cafe and flat screen tvs. The new Mb will have all of that PLUS still be the MOST reasonable priced grocery store around! And the old MB is still under lease, any business person with half a brain would not just eat that money because they are opening a new store close by. MB will stay open until the lease is up in 1 1/2 years...calm down everyone. BTW My filet from MB tasted just as good as the one from Whole foods the other night...Oh! well one difference was it was the one from MB =6.99/lb vs WF=17.00/lb!!
joseph mcgruff March 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Good Ole Idlywilde, home of the $16 pineapples! 3.99/lb, avg pineapple weighs 4lbs...@ MB 2 for $5! Both from Dole BTW.
w.t.f March 29, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I just hope they put in bigger aisles
Dan D. March 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM
One word. Wegmans.
Shanaynay May 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Have you ever been to the Market Basket in Salem, NH. It's wonderful and has anything and everything you could need. If this new store is going to be like that then great. Hopefully it will be bigger and better to make room for all the local and out of town shoppers. The old one will close and who knows what will happen. Regardless we will end up with one Market Basket that is new and improved.
Shaniqua May 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM
The Westford Market Basket is definitely in need f a revamp! It's so tiny and outdated! We need one bigger with more ethnic food selections! Also If this one has a wine/beer selection that would be FABULOUS!
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 01:33 AM
We actually have an article on the Market Basket in Salem,NH (http://westford.patch.com/articles/heading-six-months-into-westford-s-grocery-future)
Geri June 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM
What happened to Whole Foods? Westford needs another choice besides Market Basket.
Bonnie November 05, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Hi Andrew - According to the cornerstonesquare.com website the new Market Basket is scheduled to open Dec 3rd. Any update on what the differences, if any, will be between the two stores?
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hi Bonnie, Sorry, no. I've been up to my eyeballs between all the elections and hurricanes and drugs and cupcakes and things in Chelmsford (working title of my memoirs...)

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