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Booming Kendall Square will get a long-sought supermarket as MIT projects advance

A Brothers Marketplace grocery store is planned for the ground floor of One Broadway in Kendall Square. –Elkus Manfredi

In Cambridge’s Kendall Square, you can find some of the brightest minds in the world and some of the biggest companies in technology and life sciences. But much to the frustration of those smart people and the companies they work for, you can’t find groceries to bring home for dinner.

That will soon change.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Roche Bros. said Thursday that they have reached a deal to put a supermarket on the ground floor of an MIT-owned office building at the heart of the bustling business district. It will be a small-format Brothers Market, on Broadway between Third Street and the Longfellow Bridge, and is expected to open in 2019.

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