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Milford Trader Joes: Permits revoked for grocery store operations

MILFORD, MA – Cult supermarket chain Trader Joe’s may open a new store in Milford, city records show.

Hanover-based company MDM Construction recently revoked a permit to renovate and “cast a new slab for the equipment of Trader Joe’s” in a former Staples at 220 Fortune Boulevard, according to Department of Inspections records.

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Neither Trader Joe’s nor a representative for MDM Construction immediately responded to a request for comment Tuesday.

If Trader Joe’s comes to Milford, it would be the chain’s 23rd store in Massachusetts, as well as its first in the area. Milford is in Trader Joe’s dead zone between stores in Foxborough, Framingham and Shrewsbury.

The company Quarry Place Three LLC owns the plaza at 220 Fortune Boulevard, also known as the Granite Heights Marketplace. That LLC is linked to another company owned by Imperial Cars owner Kevin Meehan. The plaza was previously home to a Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Staples. Granite Heights is located just off the Route 85 exit off I-495, and between Lowe’s and Target stores.

The Milford Trader Joe’s would be the second supermarket in the city to be affiliated with German supermarket companies Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd – two legally separate companies founded by the same family a century ago. Aldi Nord owns Trader Joe’s and Aldi Süd owns Aldi stores in the US. The Milford Aldi opened in October 2020.

Of course, retail development plans change often. Amazon was on track to open a supermarket in Westborough in 2022. The company backed out without explanation, and now Big Y plans to move in.