Complete Score: 26 / 42 = 62.0%
Unlike most places in Boston, the Super Stop & Shop supermarket on 1100 Massachusetts Avenue is open 24 hours a day Tuesday through Saturday. As I live a few blocks from this Stop & Shop and tend to keep insomniac hours I love that I have an option for actual food at 3 AM on a Wednesday. Sure, Super Stop & Shop does not have the best produce in the world but their selection is quite large and you’re sure to find something to satisfy your midnight munchies.
The building is huge, bigger than any other Stop & Shop in the Boston area (as far as I know). There is an entire aisle devoted to organic foods, ranging from Soy milk, yogurt, and burgers to organic chips, cookies, salsa, rice, soda, tea, cereal and even pizza. This large selection also correlates with relatively decent prices. If you’re looking to pick up a lot of competitively priced groceries in one spot, this Stop & Shop is a good place to go. You won’t find the best bargains here, but considering the store is open 24 hours a day 5 days a week, it’ll definitely have the best bargains at some points during the day. If it’s 2 AM and you’re in need of an actual meal you’ll be hard pressed to find better, healthier, fresher food for a better price in Boston.
Score: 3.5 / 5
Though this market has a huge produce section, their fruits and veggies leave a lot to desire. Their kiwis are sub-par on a good day, most of their bananas are from the corrupt and tasteless Chiquita brand and their berries are overpriced. All in all, I do most of my produce shopping at farmer’s markets, Whole Foods, Lambert’s or the Fruit Center and avoid the majority of Super Stop & Shop produce as much as possible. If you’re looking for a super market open 24 hours, there’s only one game in town.
Score: 2.5 / 5
For such a large building it is a bit surprising and disappointing that there are only 4 self-service express checkouts and only one self-service full lane. Also, note that the self-service checkouts are shut down during the night and there is usually only one checkout lane open during the graveyard shift, though the lack of traffic tends to make this a non-issue. Still, being open 24 hours is a pretty big deal for Boston.
Score: 4 / 5
It’d be nice if there was better bike parking and more of it. There is a bike rack but it does not seem too sturdy and does not allow for one to lock up your front and back wheel easily. There is a lot of open space where the bike rack is located and I’d like to see some benches set up so people don’t sit on the bike rack.
Still, having a supermarket open 24 hours a day gives a few more people jobs and gives people more options besides late night fast food. It’s a fairly large store and would likely be staffed during the night anyway so they are not using more energy than they normally would. Most super markets have so much roof space that it’d be nice to see more super markets put up solar panels to help power themselves sustainably.
Score: 3 / 5
Overall, the 24 hour convenience and large selection outweigh the typical negatives of most Stop & Shops (mainly that they’re not Whole Foods or farmers markets). It’s conveniently located right off I-93 and Massachusetts Avenue, with buses arriving and departing to the JFK/Umass red line stop and other points in the area at a (seemingly) reasonable pace.
Score: 13 / 22
This Super Stop & Shop is located at 1100 Massachusetts Avenue in Dorchester, MA 02122 and is open 24 hours Tuesday through Saturday, and 7AM to midnight Monday and Sunday.
Complete Score: 26 / 42 = 62.0%