Roche Bros. Opens Flagship Store in Boston

by Katie Lee

Wellesley, Mass. — Roche Bros., a locally owned and family-operated grocer, opened the doors to its flagship Downtown Crossing Boston supermarket on April 29, 2015 in the newly restored Burnham Building.

Roche Bros. is the first large-scale grocery store to be built in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. The store offers the growing residential neighborhood fresh food, national grocery brands, local artisan finds, New England flavors and a wide selection of prepared foods. The new 25,000-square-foot market is located at 8 Summer St.

For second-generation owners CEO Rick Roche and his brother, COO Ed Roche, the opening marks a return to their roots, close to the family’s original Roslindale Square meat market: “We’ve been committed to personal service, product quality, and community involvement ever since we opened in 1952,” says Rick Roche. “And now we have the opportunity to introduce Downtown Boston to that signature Roche Bros. experience.”

At the street level, customers can find an array of ready-to-eat food, straight from Roche Bros. kitchen, including satisfying meals, healthy snacks and sweet treats. Highlights include Roche Bros. signature chocolate chip cookies and a coffee bar. Street-side seating and an outdoor fruit and flower stand provide added convenience along New England’s busiest pedestrian mall. 

Downstairs, in what was formerly the historic Filene’s Basement, is a full-service supermarket, with a vast assortment of fresh food, prepared foods and over 700 grocery items new to Roche Bros. The market is complete with a bakery, deli, specialty cheeses, high-quality meats and fresh-off-the-boat seafood.

Three long-time Roche Bros. employees have been appointed to the Downtown Crossing leadership team. Larry Baxter, an associate since 1983, is store manager. Marvin Alvarez and Krystle Bredeson have been named assistant managers. 

The Roche Bros. market is located in the Millennium Tower Boston/Burnham Building, developed by Millennium Partners.

“We are excited to officially welcome Roche Bros. to the Burnham Building and congratulate the team on the store opening. Today marks a crucial step forward in the evolution of Downtown Boston,” says Richard Baumert, partner at Millennium Partners.

Roche Bros. is a family business headquartered in Wellesley, Mass. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Roche Bros.

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