Monday, October 29, 2012
Hunkered down for the storm and need to stock the pantry? JP's City Feed has you covered if you live in the 02130.
As we begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy here in JP, one local grocer is making a timely offer: Free delivery through 1 p.m. Monday. Craig Panzer of City Feed says to call 617-524-5539 until 1 p.m. Monday. They're only taking credit card phone orders. Panzer writes, "We want to make sure your pantry is stocked up for the days ahead. Need that bread, butter, milk, peanut butter & jelly? Sandwiches with those groceries? How about some bags of ice in case we lose power?" For all storm news in one place, visit the Hurricane Sandy topic page at JP Patch.
Friday, October 26, 2012
As Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown shuts down to make way for a new Whole Foods, the neighborhood will be without a grocery store for a year.
I've read as much as anyone and written more than most about Whole Foods coming to Jamaica Plain. Our neighborhood has settled down after the initial firestorm — so much so that the JP Gazette recently published a pro-Whole Foods editorial. Back in the day when the debate over Whole Foods and gentrification was roiling JP, some residents developed lists of things the upscale grocer should do for the community to ameliorate any negative effects the store might bring. Whole Foods never accepted a formal "Community Benefits" agreement, though they do a lot for charity here. I rehearse this recent history because Charlestown is seeing an affordable grocery store, Johnnie's Foodmaster, close to make way for a Whole Foods. In the interim, the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
We price tested seven supermarkets in the eight Boston neighborhoods Patch serves. The result? Trader Joe's is cheapest (though you won't find rotisserie chicken there.)
Supermarkets — they're big news in Boston. Of course, we in JP were at the epicenter of controversy when a Whole Foods replaced Hi-Lo. This year, Charlestown is embroiled in a debate about Whole Foods taking over Johnnie's Foodmaster. At the heart of these discussions is whether we, as Bostonians, will have access to affordable food. To test prices, the Boston Patch editors each went out to various supermarkets in our respective neighborhoods on Thursday, Sept. 6. Here's our shopping list: In some cases, prices had to be approximated due to some stores not carrying a specific item (in the case of Macintosh apples) or because some stores sold certain goods by the pound while other sold it by the piece. To keep it apples-to-apples, we sought…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Boston Redevelopment Authority will only allow project if it includes a supermarket.
If a project proposed by Trinity Financial for One Canal Street should succeed, it will bring a new supermarket for residents near the seam between the North End and the West End. That could be good news for JP Orange Line commuters, since the supermarket would be near Haymarket Station, an easy on/off. Peter Meade, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, told Trinity at the authority's board meeting Thursday that the BRA will only allow the project to move forward if it includes such a store. “It is something vitally important to the communities there,” Meade said. During the meeting, representatives from Trinity presented plans for the Bulfinch Triangle project that included 320 residential units with 159 in-building parking …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The new 50,000 square foot supermarket to be built on Harrison Avenue will be the largest Whole Foods store in Boston, and the first full-sized grocery store in the South End neighborhood.
The South End is finally getting its own full-sized grocery store. The largest Whole Foods store in Boston will be built on Harrison Avenue in the South End, with a projected opening date of sometime in 2014, according to the Boston Business Journal. The 50,000 square foot organic supermarket will be the largest retailer of a $200 million mixed use residential and commercial development project known as "Ink Block," the site of the former Boston Herald building. By contrast, the chain's Jamaica Plain store is a tiny 13,700 square feet. If you've ever been to the Dedham Whole Foods, it clocks in at 60,000 square feet. The South End Whole Foods store will include an outdoor sidewalk café with seating on Harrison Avenue, a wine store and a …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nominate the best of JP; it may be voted a Patch Readers' Choice contest later this summer.
Grocery stores have been big news in JP recently. So, now that the dust has settled, which one is the best for you? Nominate your favorite place in the comments below. Once you do, Patch will officially add them to the running for best of JP—and later this summer, they may beat out the competition to become the number one Readers' Choice. We will take nominations through July 9; voting begins July 23.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
There are differences — In Brooklyn, Whole Foods' plans for a store have dragged out for eight years.
For a vision of how the JP Whole Foods debate might have gone differently, look to Brooklyn. On Tuesday, a city panel was to have decided whether to give a special permit for the organic grocer to build a two-story store in what the NY Times calls an "undeveloped area" of Brooklyn. The JP Patch sister site, Bedford-Stuyvesant Patch, has also been following the controversy. The debate in Brooklyn echoes the one we had here in JP after the grocer announced it would open a store in the space formerly occupied by Hi-Lo Foods. Take this paragraph, for instance, from Bed-Stuy Patch. At a hearing in January, local manufacturers and artists voiced their opposition to the 52,000-square-foot supermarket, saying that Brooklyn’s industrial and …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A quick video round-up of regional news in Newton, Waltham, Watertown, West Roxbury, Brookline and Jamaica Plain.
For more on this week's stories, please visit: [Editor's note: This video is posted in the following Patches: West Roxbury, Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Brookline and Jamaica Plain.]
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Whole Foods opened its doors to the media four days before its anticipated and controversial opening.
At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Whole Foods Market Jamaica Plain is set to open. But you don't have to wait to get a peek at the inside of the grocery store. Whole Foods offered tours to the media on Saturday. Later, we'll also be posting a video tour. For all JP Patch coverage of Whole Foods coming to JP, please visit this topic page.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The council voted 9-8 to issue a statement to Whole Foods, informing the national chain of the board's opposition to the store's presence in the neighborhood. / Ver traducción abajo
After opening the floor to the public during two forums in February, members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council finally broke their silence Tuesday night over the divisive issue surrounding Whole Foods’ impending arrival into the neighborhood. “We definitely recognize that the community’s totally divided and we’re probably going to find that our council is divided as well,” Andrea Howley, chairperson of the elected, volunteer board said to the 100-plus crowd, many of whom waved blue fliers with “I want an affordable and diverse Jamaica Plain” when they approved of a council member’s comment. Jesse White introduced a motion to issue a position statement to Whole Foods on behalf of the council, stating that the national chain “is not …