Jim Magee, owner of Peter’s Weston Market, is considering opening a second store in Monroe.
The store would be part of a new retail shopping center being proposed for property in Monroe on Route 25 at 460-470 Main Street.
Development of the property is in its very early stages, and an application was recently submitted to Monroe’s Inland Wetlands Commission.
The application calls for bringing together four lots to create a 2.25-acre tract and constructing a 13,500-square-foot building, tentatively called Cross Road Center.
The property has a past history of wetlands violations, and the current proposal calls for filling in some of those wetlands.
Mr. Magee said he has not made a firm decision about opening a second store, but it is something he is considering.
Peter’s Weston Market has been owned by the Magee family for more than three decades. Weston’s only grocery store, it is a full-service, independent market and carries a wide variety of meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables — including many organic items. Its sandwiches, hot prepared foods, and soups are very popular with the lunch crowd in town.
Mr. Magee believes the small grocery market concept, offering top-notch service and products, is something that might do well in Monroe, which is similar to Weston.
“When we look at industry trends, customers like smaller stores that offer good service and carry a full range of gluten-free and organic products, and that’s what we have at Peter’s,” he said,
This is not the first time Mr. Magee has considered opening a second store in Monroe. The idea also crossed his mind in 1999, but it didn’t happen.
The idea has resurfaced because one of the project’s developers, John Chaves, is a longtime friend of Mr. Magee. The two even worked together years ago when Mr. Chaves operated a bakery.
“It’s way too early in the game to make a firm decision about opening a second store. We need to do a market survey to determine if this is even viable. I want to assure our customers that we’re not planning on leaving Weston. Any new store would be in addition to Weston, not in place of it. With this economy, though, it pays to be proactive,” Mr. Magee said.
Monroe Courier Editor Brad Durrell contributed to this story.