Harvest Market plans new JP location

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Harvest Co-op Markets is planning a new grocery store as part of a development called the “Arboretum Project” on Washington Street south of the Forest Hills T Station, the Gazette has learned.

The new market would be 9,000 square feet and could open in late 2012, Harvest General Manager Mike St. Clair told the Gazette. The existing Harvest at 57 South St. would remain open, he said.

The store “will offer a full variety of fresh and organic produce, meat, seafood, deli, grocery and health/wellness products,” St. Clair said in an e-mail to the Gazette.

He declined to name the development team or other elements of the proposal.

The Cambridge-based grocer recently announced the new store on its web site. Also announced is a new Harvest Market for the Fenway.

It appears the JP development is intended for a vacant MBTA-owned parcel. A city-led community planning process for that land, lasting about 18 months, pegged a grocery store as a top local desire, as the Gazette previously reported.

The announcement at www.harvest.coop says that the grocer has signed letters of intent with developers on the two projects, and that “neither [project] is certain” to happen.

“The developers selected Harvest because of our excellent reputation in the Metro Boston area for our high-quality and healthy foods, our many years of community involvement and our commitment to environmental stewardship,” the announcement said.

For more information, see the April 29 Gazette.

Updated version: This version is updated from the original to include St. Clair’s comments.

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