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New Trader Joes at Fresh Pond in Cambridge – Open Now

new-stores-at-fresh-pond-cambridgeUpdate:  Trader Joe’s at Fresh Pond is open! I’ve yet to drop by but they’ve hung up a huge banner with the hours – they’re open 8 am to 10 pm.  Their phone number is 617-498-3201.

There’s a lot of commercial real estate reshuffling going on at the shopping plaza by the rotary at Fresh Pond in Cambridge.  Several existing stores are moving and leases have been signed for some of the store fronts in the new building that replaced the old Ground Round (formerly a HoJo’s I think).

Newbury Comics has moved across the street to the Whole Foods plaza.  Part of their former building at the back of the lot has been taken down and is being rebuilt.  Kappy’s Liquors will be moving from the back building to a space in the new building.

A new Trader Joe’s will be joining CVS in the refurbished back building.  That’s happy news for those of us at this end of Cambridge. Makes you wonder though – since the store is bound to be popular – where on earth is everyone going to park? 

Update – October 27, 2009:  We drove by the new store today to check things out.  The Trader Joe’s signs are up at the rotary and on the newly refurbished building next door to CVS. The store hasn’t been filled yet and there’s no notice posted regarding an opening date. Ominously, the front parking area was half full even so.  

ugly-signs-at-fresh-pond-cambridgeOther commercial tenants planned for the new building on the site include a bank, a T-Mobile store, a Chipotle restaurant, and a Sleepy’s mattress store.  Since there’s already a Sleepy’s near Whole Foods I’m guessing the store is moving across the street.

I have to say it’s a bit suburban-strip-mall and not what you like to see at one of the gateways to the city of Cambridge.  Compounding the modern day ugliness of it all is the horrific assortment of huge signs – topped by the massive CVS truck-stop-style sign.  Cambridge does a fairly good job regulating signage around the city but it seems to be anything goes for this particular stretch.


If you’re interested in the living here as well as shopping here, here’s some info about condo projects near Fresh Pond and Alewife.

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