Retail development construction underway at Wareham Marketplace

AutoZone, ALDI first tenants
By Matthew Bernat | Aug 24, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Construction is underway at the Wareham Marketplace, a new shopping center at the corner of Cranberry Highway and Tobey Road.

Progress on a new commercial development in West Wareham is steadily moving along as another retail tenant has been announced, car parts and accessories seller AutoZone.

The J. Donegan Company, a Virginia-based development firm, is currently building the 46,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial center at the intersection of Cranberry Highway and Tobey Road.

Jay Donegan, the company’s owner, said AutoZone will join discount supermarket chain Aldi in the center, which has been named Wareham Marketplace.

Donegan said opening those businesses marks the project’s first phase.

“There will be several other tenants joining Aldi and AutoZone, and we’re still marketing the project actively in the community and region,” said Donegan.

No definitive grand opening for either store has been set. However, Donegan estimated that both would likely open before the end of this year.

Donegan said his company is currently searching for more tenants.

“We’re seeking other, high quality retailers and restaurants for Wareham Marketplace,” said Donegan. “We’re hoping to put together a good mix of quality tenants together for the community.”

In the meantime, Aldi has already put the call out for employees. The chain has held one job fair this month and a second is scheduled for Sept. 16. For more information on applying and qualifications, see Page 20.

Regarding AutoZone, it’s unclear at this time if the town’s current store, located at 2991 Cranberry Highway, is moving or if a second store will be opening in Wareham.

Calls and emails to AutoZone seeking comment were unreturned.

Wareham Marketplace will be located across the street from Wal-Mart, which opened in 2015 after moving from its location in East Wareham.

Four buildings are proposed for the site. Plans also call for the creation of a parking lot with 318 spaces. Access will be provided by three driveways on Tobey Road and Cranberry Highway.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Aug 24, 2017 20:46

WooHoo!  An auto parts store in West Wareham!

Posted by: desertsky | Aug 25, 2017 07:52

My husband had the same reaction!!

Posted by: cranapple | Aug 27, 2017 12:38

Why are all these businesses moving to the West? Wareham is Wareham, the whole town should get a boost because all of our children attend the same schools. The little plaza on Depot need a total revamp please.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 27, 2017 13:44

Cranapple - Businesses are moving to West Wareham because first Wareham Crossing Mall and then second the addition of the new Walmart have created a shopping attraction that draws visitors from a huge area. The more recent business additions are simply taking advantage of the exposure they will receive by being located near popular retail businesses, among them several "big box" stores, that have a huge customer base.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 28, 2017 10:30

The migration is a good thing.  The West is the place to be.  The East will evolve.  The key is to let it happen naturally.  Any short-sighted rules that attempt to prevent and regulate the migration will only sour the whole deal.  For those familiar, doesn't this retail explosion remind of what happened in Braintree back in the 80s & 90s?


Speaking of which, why is it that one liquor store in town has been under a microscope with every attempted move they make, yet other major construction projects and businesses are a done deal with no publicity?  It seems like motor oil at AutoZone and milk at Aldi's fine, but beer from a liquor store is seen as the nectar of the Devil.



Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 28, 2017 11:03

You cannot get a "buzz" from Milk or Motor Oil

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 28, 2017 11:16

Yea I go with a "yea but..."!  People are going to get a buzz regardless of how many liquor stores we have.  Those that need a buzz and those prone to misbehave when buzzed are very resourceful when it comes to getting their stuff.  One liquor store or one hundred liquor stores wouldn't make a difference.  They drive, they walk, they bum a ride, they ride a bike, they take a cab, they do whatever it takes to get 50 yards or 5 miles.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 28, 2017 11:22

And another thing.  Prior to Wareham Crossing the outrage and opposition from environmentally focused was quite apparent.  The turtles and salamanders had their human counterparts working hard. Obviously Wareham Crossing won that fight.  Same happened with Walmart.  Obviously Walmart won that fight as well. I thought the wooded buffer between Rt 28 and Walmart was supposed to remain untouched.  It's gone now...never heard a word.  Now this recent third major Aldi's/Autozone construction project seems to have popped up without a peep.  Not one article in Wareham Week about any environmental opposition.  Have all the environmentally focused just thrown their hands in the air and given up?

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