For years, a supermarket has been on the Downtown Crossing wish list of many people. According to the latest construction updates a new store should be up and running by next year. When the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common opened on lower Washington Street almost a decade ago, it became apparent fast that all the new condo owners needed a place to shop for their groceries. More and more housing was added to the neighborhood the need only grew more.
Roche Bros. came in to rescue the neighborhood residents with a 25,000 square foot supermarket which will be located in the Burnham Building, the former Filene’s store that is in the second week of construction and redevelopment.
Renovation of the 102 year old property started over a year ago and is part of Millennium Partners’ $689 million redevelopment of the old Filene’s site. Next door, the Millennium Tower, a 625 foot building with 442 luxury residences on the upper floors and 95,000 square feet of retail space on its lower floors.
Roche Bros. has 18 stores in the Greater Boston area now, and the new supermarket will have 3,000 square feet of street level retail and 22,000 square feet in the Filene’s Basement. As of now, the supermarket is scheduled to open next year. The store will offer prepared foods also, and they will deliver too.