Wilder in Negotiations with Restaurant Owners to Fill Space at Westford Valley Marketplace

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Andy LaGrega a principal of Boston-based Wilder and his team are redefining the Westford Valley Market Place on Littleton Road.

Having a business that provides an “experience,” such as a restaurant, is the focus,  he said.

“It’s getting people to come out to do something they can’t do in front of a computer,” he said. That means trendy restaurants are a target. One store front is newly occupied by Compassion Massage, offering another type of experience.

Wilder is a Boston-based real estate development and management company, responsible for the Westford Valley Marketplace.

On Oct. 28 at special Town Meeting, the Wilder Company won voter approval authorizing the Select Board to petition the General Court for two additional alcohol licenses in the plaza. LaGrega said, his company’s agreements with the new tenants was contingent on getting the liquor licenses.

In all, the company has about 20,000 square feet to fill in the plaza, including the space that once housed the 18,000 square feet occupied by Papa Gino’s Pizza, which closed in November 2018.

Meanwhile, LaGrega said the remodeling and expansion of Karma, a Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant located in the plaza, will finish soon. The remodeling of Karma is expected to be completed by mid November.