Market Basket in Hanover could begin construction this week

HANOVER — Construction of a Market Basket grocery store at the Hanover Crossing development on Route 53 could start as soon as this week now that the supermarket chain has received a building permit.

© Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger The demolition of the Hanover Mall starts with the former Walmart on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Hanover Crossing spokeswoman Lisa Berardinelli said in an email that construction  preparations are on track, despite the pandemic. A substantial amount of the utility work is complete and construction has started on a wastewater treatment plant. The Peterson Pond dam has been removed.

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Hanover Building Commissioner Joseph Stack said two building permits have been granted for Hanover Crossing: one for Market Basket, and the other for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Stack said construction of the restaurant began in November.

Hanover Crossing replaces the Hanover Mall, which was demolished this year.

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The permitting fees in Hanover are tied to the cost of construction. The Market Basket store is estimated to cost $14.4 million, which means it paid the town $144,000 for the building permit. The much smaller Chipotle is estimated to cost $1 million, for a building permit cost of $10,000.

Market Basket representatives have not returned requests for comment.

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The supermarket will sit roughly where the Walmart store was in the oHanover Mall, although farther back to provide for more parking, Hanover Mall General Manager Ed Callahan previously said.

Market Basket stores are concentrated mainly in northeastern Massachusetts, but the company also has locations in Plymouth, West Bridgewater and Brockton.

Hanover Crossing will be an open-air complex with about 600,000 square feet of retail space and a 297-unit residential building at the site of Patriot Cinemas.

The project is allowed under the town’s Village Planned Unit Development zoning bylaw, which is under a moratorium after the project exposed flaws in the bylaw, including no requirement for affordable housing.

The moratorium is tentatively on the warrant for the 2021 annual town meeting.

On Nov. 19, the state awarded Hanover $1.26 million as part of a $68 million package in MassWorks funding for infrastructure projects.

The money will pay for the reconfiguration and new signals at Route 53 and Hanover Mall Drive.

Fred Hanson contributed to this report. Wheeler Cowperthwaite can be reached at

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