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Three Years Later, No New Tenant at the Former Stop & Shop Yet

The 70,000-square-foot building remains empty.

The former Stop & Shop remains empty three years later. Photo credit: Les Masterson.
The former Stop & Shop remains empty three years later. Photo credit: Les Masterson.

It’s been three years since Stop & Shop decided to move out of their location at 97 Main St., and head up the road to a new spot.

For three years, North Reading has waited for a new tenant. Except for a brief flirtation with Ocean State Job Lot, which pulled out and went to Tewksbury after community opposition in North Reading, there has been little movement at the location.

The Stop & Shop gas station is still in service, but the rest of the parcel at 97 Main St., sits empty.

We've received a number of reports from residents asking about activity at the former Stop & Shop building. There are two Stop & Shop trucks outside the building and readers have said they have seen activity in the building.

We reached out to Stop & Shop about whether there is a new tenant moving in. A Stop & Shop representative said there is "no new information" to report at this time.

So, the For Lease signs put up by Atlantic Retail Properties will remain along Main and Winter streets for the time being.

There is hope though. Nearby Chelmsford recently announced Choice Fitness, Nobo Modern Japanese and Bar and SportsClips Haircuts are slated to move into the former Stop & Shop in that community. Construction is expected at the Chelmsford location over the summer. That former supermarket has also been empty for three years.

Randi DeLoreto January 15, 2014 at 02:54 PM
I know it would never happen but I would love to see Market Basket move in there.
Les Masterson (Editor) January 15, 2014 at 02:57 PM
What would everyone like to see go into the old Stop & Shop?
Jim Pothier January 15, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Time for the town to take the property over by eminent domain.
Eileen M. January 15, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Knock down the building and create a small, open air retail development. Someplace pleasant, considering we do not have a vibrant downtown, even if its somewhat small.
Randi DeLoreto January 16, 2014 at 08:11 AM
That would be nice Eileen. I think the town needs to take a few other properties by eminent domain that are an eye soar to 28 and turn them into something nice to see. Even open space would be better than dilapidated buildings and broken down trucks.
Eileen M. January 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I agree. It would be nice if they could somehow access the parcels with Heavnly Donuts and Papa Gino's. Not sure what is going on with the other abutting parcels, but I think something could be done. There should be some type of clause that the town can implement that doesn't allow these types of properties to remain vacant for such a long time. Three years is not acceptable. We all know S&S isn't doing anything to market the property. They are just using it as a write off.
Dante Spetter January 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM
I have been hoping for Trader Joe's ever since they moved. Driving to either Burlington, Peabody, or sometimes Saugus is too far when you only need a few things. There are no stores in Andover, Reading, Wakefield or Lynnfield so it would be a great location for them. And, with their smaller size than a conventional grocery store, there would be room for a new restaurant and a couple of other stores too.
Maclen January 17, 2014 at 06:07 PM
I say tear it down and bring the Star Lite drive in back. Driving to Mendon is too far. Not interested in seeing any of those overpriced yuppie stores open shop in this town. Cause' if they do, whatever little charm that remains in this town will surely be gone forever.
Nikki January 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Joe, where are you???
Maclen January 22, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Mel where are you?
mark February 12, 2014 at 02:37 PM
The government has no right to take any property nor determine what business goes where! If somebody wants the property they should buy or lease it from the current owner! Maybe the ridiculous taxes illegally imposed on business owners is the reason why it is still vacant! The government is worthless and needs to be shut down!

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