Wegmans Food Markets is close to a deal to open its first Boston store in the Fenway neighborhood, in what could be the beginning of a battle with Whole Foods Market Inc. for supermarket supremacy in the city.
The Rochester, N.Y., chain is in talks to build a store at the Landmark Center complex at the corner of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, a spokeswoman for Wegmans confirmed Monday. Developer Steve Samuels has been working on plans to redevelop the massive office and retail complex for several months.
“Discussions with the developer [Samuels] are underway, and we anticipate that an acceptable agreement can be reached in the near future,” said Jo Natale, the Wegmans spokeswoman.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino first announced plans for the Fenway store Monday in a speech before the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The mayor touted the city’s recent growth spurt, noting an influx of new residents, retailers and other businesses that are rapidly remaking the city’s downtown core and its outlying neighborhoods.
The opening of a store at Landmark Center would give a huge boost to Samuels’s effort to redevelop the property, which he purchased from the Abbey Group two years ago. A spokeswoman for Samuels said negotiations with Wegmans are proceeding, and that additional details will be announced soon.
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