An artist's conception of what the Wayland Town Center project might look like
The anchor store for the new Wayland Town Center development will be a prototype of the Stop & Shop supermarket chain's new smaller, more efficient store design, officials said today.
The Quincy-based supermarket company announced Tuesday that the 45,000-square-foot store will be the anchor for the development under the terms of a 20-year lease. The average Stop & Shop supermarket now occupies about 65,000 square feet.
"This will not be a typical Stop & Shop," Joseph Harnan, director of leasing for Twenty Wayland, the Town Center's developer, said in a statement. "Big is not always better – this is the trend we're seeing in today's developments throughout New England – leaner, more convenient, with an attractive, traditional appearance."
Ground breaking is expected this fall, and Stop & Shop expects a grand opening of the new shopping center by spring 2010.
The Wayland Town Center proposal was first floated more than three years ago as a way to transform the abandoned Raytheon and Polaroid building in the middle of town. When finished, the $140 million development is expected to house about 155,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space, a 2-acre town green.
Town officials have said the retail shops and restaurants would be locally focused, with businesses including a jewelry store, local professional offices, a candy store, a spa/salon, ice cream shop and antiques store. Another 40,000 square feet will be reserved for municipal use, and the development will include 85 to 95 condominiums.
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