The anchor tenants of Arsenal Yards will include a Roche Bros. supermarket, a restaurant chain known for its extensive beer list and a multi-screen cinema, developers announced.
According to the press release sent out by developers, Arsenal Yards will have more than 1 million sq. ft. of development, including: 250,000 sq. ft. of shops and eateries, YardWorks (200,000 sq. ft. of new and existing creative office and lab space), Blvd & Bond (425 contemporary residences), a 150- room Hampton by Hilton, The Fitness Collection, high tech amenities and a dedicated green space. The first sections of the new project are slated to be completed by summer 2019.
Tom Wilder, principal of The Wilder Cos., welcomed the addition of the Boston-area supermarket to Arsenal Yards.
“Roche Bros. continuously surpasses expectations with their incredible quality, selection and top-notch customer services, and we could not be more pleased to have them as a partner who will be bringing the best of fresh groceries to this new urban neighborhood,” Wilder said.
Rick Roche, co-owner and CEO of Roche Bros., said the Watertown location will have Grab and Go lunches, catering and delivery services for residents and those working in the area.
It will also have a “Chop Shop” with cut fruits and vegetables, a meal solutions center for easy meal planning and cooking, Roche Bros. Kitchen with creative prepared foods, made-to-order sandwiches in the deli, an R.B. Roasters Café with espresso drinks featuring locally roasted coffee, indoor/outdoor seating, and an outdoor produce market in-season, Roche said.
City Works Eatery & Pour House, a chain with seven locations nationwide, serves “modern American classics with brilliant twists” and features more than 90 craft beers on tap, according to its website. It will have state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment for the “Ultimate Game Day Experience, and diners will have the choice of indoor or outdoor seating, according to developers.
“Our high-energy, welcoming atmosphere fits right in with the vibe of Arsenal Yards,” said Chris Bisaillon, owner of City Works Eatery & Pour House’s Bottleneck Management. “With our award-winning food and impressive drink selection we look forward to joining the neighborhood and becoming a go-to spot for everything from large corporate and social gatherings to just winding down after work with a beer.”
The seven-screen cinema will be owned by Majestic Cinema and its parent company Cinemaworld, which operates theaters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida. Moviegoers will also dine at the cinema and order from a full bar. The Majestic will have a large format screen “for a premium immersive experience,” according to the announcement
“The Majestic’s innovative entertainment concept, as a modern community gathering place offering movies and more, makes them a great partner for us,” said Bill McQuillan, principal of Boylston Properties. “It just adds to the excitement and reputation of Arsenal Yards as Boston’s next great neighborhood.”
Developers recently discussed plans for the fourth phase of the project at a Community Meeting, and the final one with retail. The previous three phases have been approved by the Planning Board.
The Majestic will be located in the historic building along Arsenal Street, where Old Navy was located. That building is part the first of five construction phases. Roche Bros. will be on the ground floor of the seven-story apartment building to the south of the cinema, and is in Phase 3. The rendering of City Works Eatery & Pour House shows it located on the east end of the historic building in which Marshall’s and Chipotle are currently located. This is part of Phase 1. The Hampton Inn Hotel will be on the western side of the project and is in Phase 2.
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