Don’t shoot the messenger, but we hear Middlesex Savings Bank is moving from its Linden Square location into the vacated Whole Foods Market space at 278 Washington St., in Wellesley Hills, with hopes to open by June. Not that people have anything against this particular bank from what we know, but cries of “Not another bank!” have already been heard.
Workers are busily doing something or other inside the festively decorated 7,885-square foot space. We haven’t heard back from the bank, which already has a Linden Square location, or the real estate management firm.
Whole Food’s move west over the summer from 278 Washington St., in Wellesley Hills to a shiny new space at 442 Washington St., left patrons of the old store in search of another grocery store to take its place. Some urged Trader Joe’s to make the move, but word is the spot was too big for a small Trader Joe’s and too small for a big Trader Joe’s.
That area will be a real financial hotspot assuming Middlesex Savings gets through the permitting process and moves into the Wellesley Hills space. First Republic Bank is expected to open during the spring at the old Blockbuster Video space next door. Elsewhere in town, Wellesley Bank is opening a new branch in Lower Falls next year, First Commons Bank opened in Linden Square this year and Brookline Bank is adding a branch next to the new Whole Foods Market.