Kendall hears opening date for grocery store: Mid-November (including hot pretzel station)
A long promised Kendall Square grocery store opens at 10 a.m. Nov. 12, according to parent company Roche Bros.
A 12,000-square-foot Brothers Marketplace – an upscale imprint of the family owned, Wellesley-based Roche Bros. Supermarkets – will have a front entrance at One Broadway and be open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with parking available in the building’s garage, the company said in a Tuesday press release.
Residents and workers in the developing square have been calling for a place to get groceries and other household needs since at least 2010; this store, part of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology development, is also described as bringing more than 200 jobs to the neighborhood.
Roche Bros. said the market will emphasize local producers and vendors, including Iggy’s Bread and Bonnie’s Jams from Cambridge and Taza Chocolate and Fluff from Somerville. The coffee is from Armeno’s in Northborough, and the tea supplier is The Tea Guys in Whatley. (A coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating is part of the store.)
When the project was announced in December 2017, it was intended to open this past summer – and it was described as being 19,000 square feet. In company plans, the remainder of that square footage and then some turns out to be for prep space and a kitchen for preparing salad bar fixings and making pastry, hot and cold grab-and-go meals, made-to-order sandwiches and sushi and, somewhat idiosyncratically, a hot pretzel station.
Shoppers can also expect a “make-your-own salad dressing and marinade station” and an “innovation station” where local businesses and inventors in the area can come to share their latest ideas. It is, after all, Kendall Square.
“The city of Cambridge is a vibrant center of innovation,” said Rick Roche, co-owner and CEO of Roche Bros. “It means a lot to us to bring the first contemporary grocery store to the dynamic MIT Kendall Square community.”