BOSTON MARKET  known as the Boston Market in North Andover is closing as Atlantic Retail has a for lease sign on the property. This property is actually located in Lawrence MA as it is one of many strange town and county lines that runs through Massachusetts. Actual address: 435 Winthrop Ave, Lawrence, MA 01843

Boston Market North Andover closing

Boston Market originally named “Boston Chicken” started in a suburb of… Boston. Founders Arthur Cores and Steven Kolow initially launched the concept in Newton, MA back in 1985. By the early ’90s the franchise began to expand quickly with new restaurants popping up all over the northeast. They got ahead of themselves and eventually had to file for bankruptcy. McDonald’s Corporation jumped in and came to the rescue, purchasing Boston Market in 2000. McDonald’s purchased the company for its real estate, but found the brand serviceable and therefore continued to operate and expand. (they would later sell to Sun Capital Partners in 2007, who would then sell to Engage Brands/The Rohan Group in 2020).

Boston Market History

When it was known as Boston Chicken, restaurants specialized in rotisserie chicken and a variety of side dishes. By February 1995, the chain expanded its menu to include turkey, meatloaf, and ham. The name was changed to Boston Market in fall 1995 to reflect this. However, the corporate name remained “Boston Chicken, Inc.” until 1997. When it became so popular with the new name, the corporate name was changed to “Boston Market Corporation.”

In 1996, the chain launched a line of sandwiches known as “Boston Carver Sandwiches”. They featured chicken, turkey, ham, and meatloaf; in 1997, due to the success of the new line, the “Extreme Carver” sandwiches were launched, filled with more portions of the above meats and more cheese than the originals. In 2005, Boston Market also started offering limited-time offers, such as Crispy Country Chicken, an oven-baked chicken breast with gravy. Baked whitefish, haddock or cod was also offered on Fridays during Lent. Boston Market continues to introduce new items and flavors, such as their popular BBQ Ribs, Oven Crisp Chicken, and Parmesan Tuscan Chicken Premium Dish. In April 2018, Boston Market announced that it was expanding its menu to offer rotisserie prime rib nationwide, three days a week.