SOUTH ATTLEBORO — With its sleek styling, gleaming shelving and floors, and modern check-out stations that can be seen through the front doors, the new Market Basket on Newport Avenue sure looks ready to be filled with food items and customers.
Yet, the 2013 holiday season originally targeted for the Market Basket's debut has come and gone, and three months later, there is still no word on when the supermarket, a 78,500-square-foot anchor store in the Bristol Place Shopping Center just over the Pawtucket line, will open its doors.
Repeated calls on Tuesday to David McLean, operations manager and company spokesman with Demoulas Supermarkets Inc, the parent company of Market Basket, were not returned. A representative for Attleboro Building Inspector Douglas Semple's office said Tuesday that there was “nothing going on...nothing at all” in regard to the office being contacted to do a final inspection of the building--the last step needed for legal occupancy. The supermarket cost a reported $7.6 million to construct.
In the meantime, in several online reports from Supermarket News earlier this month, it was noted that the chain's first Market Basket store in Biddeford, Maine had been so well received that the company is considering opening more stores there. Another report from March 8 stated that Market Basket officials had signed a lease to open a new store in Waltham, Mass. on the former Polaroid site.
Seagulls were the only signs of life in the vast parking lot in front of the South Attleboro store. A sign on the front doors stated only that employees of Callahan Construction, the builders, could enter the store, and urged the public to “Stay tuned for grand opening information.” Read the full story in Thursday's paper.