SHREWSBURY — A new Market Basket is opening this week on Route 20, the Tewksbury-based grocer confirmed. The 80,000-square-foot store at 200 Hartford Turnpike, on the site of the former Edgemere Drive-in theater, will open Friday at 7 a.m., according to Operations Director David McLean. The new store will anchor the Edgemere Crossing at Flint Pond development, a mix of housing and retail that has been taking shape over the last three years on the long-vacant drive-in parcel.
The Shrewsbury location is the 88th for the company, which has roots in Lowell that date back to 1917. The chain, which also operates stores in other Massachusetts communities, is known for its traditional thrifty shopping experience and reliance on high levels of staffing, including a strong emphasis on service counters. It also is famous for its prepared foods offerings.
This new store will feature the Market Kitchen and Cafe, an in-store restaurant with brick oven pizza, sandwiches and meals; Niji Sushi; and a bakery, fresh cut fruit department and more. It will also feature MB Spirits, the company’s liquor and wine store, in a separate building attached to the main store.
The Shrewsbury Market Basket will be the closest one to Worcester, which is served by a number of bad Price Choppers and Stop & Shops, some good but expensive Big Y supermarkets and a few mediocre Shaw’s (plus that great Market Basket in downtown Worcester). Although it looks very similar to a Saker ShopRite, which offers higher-end leanings, the Shrewsbury location will feel different from the other locations due to its size and the presence of prepared food departments.