New Market Basket expected to open by end of the year

New Market Basket expected to open by end of the year

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Construction of a large new Market Basket store is getting off the ground at the Bristol Place Shopping Center across from the South Attleboro train station near the Pawtucket city line.

According to a manager at one of the chain's Massachusetts stores, local customers should be walking the aisles of the new Market Basket on Route 1A by "the end of the year."

Construction crews are quickly laying the foundation for the new box store, located at 1270 Newport Ave. The building will cover about 80,000 square feet of space, according to representatives from the Attleboro Department of Planning and Development.

A resident of the Pinecrest neighborhood of Pawtucket said that his family typically spreads their grocery shopping between Walmart, BJ's, and Stop & Shop stores, but will "definitely check it out" once the Market Basket opens.

The new Market Basket will be located just one mile from the Super Stop & Shop on Cottage Street in Pawtucket.

Calls to Bristol Place Limited Partnership and Peter Bassett, the applicant for major site plan review on the South Attleboro redevelopment project, were not returned.

Last year, a former Shaw's store, which had been shut down back in 2009 for poor performance, was torn down to make way for a new larger structure needed for a Market Basket. The incoming grocery store, like Shaw's, will be the last in the row of retailers and be the closest one to Newport Avenue. The footprint of Market Basket will be much larger than the 53,000 square feet of space previously occupied by Shaw's.

Formerly known as DeMoulas Supermarkets, Market Basket does not have an official website, according to workers.

"We're a little behind the times," said one store manager.

An unaffiliated website and social media sites have sprung up. The store goes by the slogan, "more for your dollar." Market's Kitchen, found within many Market Basket stores, offers an assortment of prepared foods.

A history of the DeMoulas/Market Basket franchise on the unaffiliated www.mydemoulas.net tells how the Demoulas family of Greek immigrants opened their first grocery store in Lowell, Mass., back in 1916.

In 1954, Athanasios "Arthur" Demoulas and his wife Efrosini sold their store to two of their six children, Telemachus "Mike"and George Demoulas. Within 15 years, the two had grown the "mom and pop" operation into a chain of 15 grocery stores.

The Massachusetts corporate database lists A.T. Demoulas as the current president of the company.

A January 2013 story in The Sun Chronicle reported that Market Basket, based in Tewksbury, Mass., has 69 stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Attleboro store will fill a gap in the market for the company, as the nearest stores are in Raynham, Brockton, West Bridgewater and Bellingham. The Attleboro location will easily be the closest Market Basket to Rhode Island.

News reports state that a Market Basket store is also being built in Biddeford, Maine, and is expected to bring about 200 jobs there.

According to the reports, the Market Basket franchise has undergone rapid expansion in recent years, often opening four or five new stores a year.

First built in 1992, the 45-acre Bristol Place Shopping Center features larger chain stores like Home Depot, Big K, and Bob's Discount Furniture and Bob's Stores, as well as an assortment of smaller stores and restaurants.

The complex has more than 400,000 square feet of retail space and more than 2,000 parking spaces.