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Is Market Basket Moving Out of Reading?

Reading residents want to know if the grocery store plans to move to another town.

Welcome to You Ask...Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the Market Basket in Reading. Patch readers want to know if the grocery store is moving. Here's your answer.

Rumors about the Market Basket in Reading have been circulating around town. Residents heard that the grocery store is moving to Wakefield. However, Assistant Manager Mark Lambert said that they are not moving, and do not have any plans to move in the future.

”We're doing business as usual,” Lambert said.

Operations Manager David McLean confirmed Lambert's answer and said that the store is staying put in Reading.

"It's a rumor that has no basis," McLean said.

McLean was not able to comment on the duration of the store's current lease.

A similar rumor about the store closing was spread in 2011, and later squashed with this Patch article.

M January 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Given the relative crowds at each store, I would sooner believe Stop and Shop is moving, or, that Market Basket would (wisely) take over the Shaws locations in either Stoneham and/or Wakefield, should either ever become available. I have not heard any rumors about MB moving at all. In any event, if MB moves I will follow it...
James Perry January 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Stop & Shop is looking at a possible strike. Both Stop & Shop and Shaw's are over priced...
Joe Veno January 29, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Market Basket is not going any where.
Dave Miskinis January 29, 2013 at 01:08 PM
If S&S were to leave Reading, I guarantee that MB could take over that store and it would be just as crazy. I just want to get in on an IPO.
Joe Lewon January 29, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I hope they don't leave too much value,tried s&s way too expensive.I just wish they could hire people who could speak english instead of spanish, don't think is it proper we are still in America right.
Dave Miskinis January 29, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Maybe you should pick up a little spanish? America is changing. Change with it.
Corey Ander January 29, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Joe & Dave, for your own edification, we live in the United States. South/North America are rather large continents on our planet. 'Merica
Barry January 29, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Why does the Patch keep resurrecting these ridiculous rumors about Market Basket - rumors which apparently only the Patch hears? Is Stop & Shop a sponsor?
Jim Pothier January 29, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Please move to North Reading!
Charles Towne January 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Slow news day?

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