Fan Pier is finally getting a grocery store

Fan Pier is finally getting a grocery store

Joe Fallon’s Fan Pier complex on the South Boston Waterfront has finally landed a grocery store — but it’s going to be a small one.

On Wednesday, the developer announced a lease with Frank Scire, owner of the Going Bananas market in the North End, who will open a 2,500-square-foot store called Frank Anthony’s Gourmet Market at 11 Fan Pier Blvd. Scire said it will be “a 21st century version of a neighborhood market.”

Fallon said the shop will bring an important amenity to that part of the waterfront when it opens later this year. The closest similar grocery is J. Pace & Son, a half-mile away in the Park Lane apartment complex. And there’s no supermarket yet on the waterfront.

“It’s not just for the [Fan Pier] residents,” Fallon said of the new market. “It’s for the office workers, as well. People will shop and then they’ll take food home.”

Fallon said he invited Scire to join his development after walking by Scire’s North End shop. “He’s going to make sure he satisfies the needs of not just Fan Pier, but the whole neighborhood.”

Fallon said he remains hopeful that WS Development, which is building the massive Seaport Square project across the street, will land a larger supermarket tenant soon.

In all, Fallon announced leases totaling nearly 25,000 square feet on Wednesday, including a 9,000-square-foot spot for the first Boston outpost of the Mastro’s seafood restaurant chain. Fallon said about 65,000 square feet of the 90,000 square feet in retail space, spread among five buildings, has been committed at Fan Pier. Much of it is occupied by restaurants, including Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Strega Waterfront, and Babbo Pizzeria.

Source: www.bostonglobe.com

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