Harvest signs lease for Forest Hills store

August 26, 2011
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FOREST HILLS—Harvest Co-op Markets has signed a lease for a 9,000-square-foot storefront on Washington Street south of the Forest Hills T Station. It is expected to open late next year.

Harvest’s current 57 South St. location will continue to operate even after the new location opens, said Christina Lively, president of the Harvest Co-op’s board of directors.

The development, called Arboretum Place, will include more retail and office space for a total of a little over 34,000 square feet. It will also feature semi-public “pocket parks,” or landscaped open space.

No other tenants have been announced. A Gazette phone call to Jamaica Plain-based developer WCI Corp. was not returned.

Harvest announced its intent to expand into Arboretum Place in April of this year, as the Gazette reported at the time.

The new location would be two to three times larger than the storefront on South Street, with a “more functional and efficient” layout, Lively said. It will also offer parking.

The South Street location is in a storefront attached to a house with no parking lot.

“[In the new location] we can enlarge each department and offer many more items than we do in the current small store,” Lively told the Gazette in an email. “Our goal is to provide a full variety of fresh and healthy food and wellness products for our members and customers.”

Meanwhile, the storefront on South Street will adapt to its bigger sibling. One possible change might be discontinuing the full-service deli, Lively said.

“But if our shoppers still want certain deli items, we will have them available in pre-packaged form,” she explained.

Arboretum Place will be located on Parcels V and W, previously owned by the MBTA. It will be located on Washington Street near the Forest Hills MBTA Station.

 

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