The Northgate Market Basket could be opening its doors as soon as Nov. 1 if things go according to plan, Mayor Dan Rizzo said this week.
The long-awaited store looks to be an anchor tenant of the mall and an economic engine for the area – increasing foot traffic to other businesses as well.
“I have been in contact with Market Basket executives that are committed to opening their store here in Revere as early as November 1,” said the mayor. “They will employ close to 400 people and offer Revere residents with a real choice as it pertains to their weekly grocery shopping. I’m sure they will be a great addition to Northgate and our business community.”
The store was slated to open one year ago this month, but suddenly things took a turn for the worse and there was an indefinite delay announced.
For the past year, the fully completed and fully permitted – yet completely empty – grocery store sat dormant. The only activity was a 24-hour security guard watching over the empty supermarket.
Things got worse this past summer when the company plunged into turmoil with its ownership. However, with the sale of the company to its former CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, things have taken a turn for the better at Northgate after a year of patience.
Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch said people in the area have been very patient, and he hopes that the projections about Nov. 1 are accurate.
“I think it’s great news and the store will be a big plus for Revere and for Northgate,” he said. “Hopefully they’re right and it will be on Nov. 1 because I honestly got more calls about that store than I got about the casino.”
He added that he sees the store as a great engine for generating foot traffic at the mall and bringing in new retailers.
“I think it will be great for the other businesses and hopefully we’ll see it bring in some higher end retail stores to that mall,” he said.