Roche Brothers Begins Construction at Millennium Tower Boston

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Posted July 18, 2014 by Rosalind Saul in Business
Roche Brothers at Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower Boston is about to get one delicious upgrade! Downtown Crossing is preparing to welcome something we’ve needed here for a long time – its first ever large-scale grocery store. Hometown favorites the Roche Bros. (headquartered in Wellesley, Massachusetts) are scheduled to open their 25,000 square-foot flagship supermarket in early 2015 inside the historic Burnham Building at the base of the Tower.

The new grocery store will span several levels, starting with 3,000 square feet of street level retail that will offer an assorted selection of convenient ready-to-eat meals, prepared foods, and snacks fresh from Roche Bros.’ kitchen. This will make a great spot for downtowners to pick up a quick and nutritious lunch during the workday. An additional 22,000 square feet of space located in the Tower’s basement house the grocery conglomerate’s additional selection of flowers, artisan cheeses, household basics, produce, deli, bakery, grocery, meat, and really anything you might want from a grocery store. The location will be the ideal place for stocking up for weekly cocktail parties or brunches at your condo, or maybe preparing a picnic basket for a trip to the Common. No car? No problem! Roche Bros. will provide home delivery service from this location, as well as full-service catering for any special event. It’s a great way to kick back and crank up an evening with friends or come to the rescue for a last-minute office gathering.

The Burnham Building, a true Boston classic, is the only structure in the city to be designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Renovation of the building was originally completed for Filene’s Department store in 1912. The new renovation that will eventually house Roche Bros. began in the summer of 2013 and is slated to be completed by August 2014. The entirety of the renovation is plotted to harmoniously pair old and new in an effort to keep the city center looking like its classic self while also incorporating contemporary elements to give it a fresh and vibrant feel.

It’s fitting that Roche Bros. would occupy such a historic piece of real estate. The family-owned, independent business is deeply connected to its Massachusetts (and particularly Boston) heritage. Gary Pfiel, Roche Bros. president, states, “Roche Bros. roots are deeply embedded in Boston, beginning with our first store opening in Roslindale in 1952. As a second generation locally-owned and operated family company, we are so proud to be a part of revitalizing the Downtown Crossing neighborhood and the redevelopment of such an iconic building. Nearly every Roche Bros. associate has memories of shopping in Filene’s Basement and we are all so energized to serve the community through our new flagship location in downtown Boston.”

Millennium Partners shares Pfiel’s enthusiasm; Richard G. Baumert, a partner of the company, claims, “We are extremely pleased that Roche Bros., an independent family-owned business with deep roots in the community, will be playing such a prominent role in the rebirth of the historic Burnham Building. As the first large supermarket in Downtown Boston, Roche Bros. will further legitimize the evolution of Downtown Crossing as a vibrant urban neighborhood.”

We do know one thing: we can’t be more excited about the convenience that this Roche Bros. location is going to offer. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on that centrally-located construction in hopes that it’s completed before we get too hungry. After all, nobody likes to wait for dinner.


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