Lane closure for Stop & Shop demolition

The former Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant being taken apart in July by contractors for Stop & Shop. — Rich Saltzberg

Updated Oct. 4

A single-lane closure on Water Street in Vineyard Haven that was planned for Tuesday has been postponed, according to Tisbury Police. Instead, the lane closure is now scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6. The lane will be closed traveling toward Five Corners from the Steamship Authority, according to a Facebook post by the Tisbury Police Department. Traffic will still be able to travel in both directions, but drivers have been told to expect delays and plan accordingly. The SSA has also issued an advisory for customers traveling to and from the Vineyard as a result of the planned demolition.

The building, which was previously the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant, is owned by Stop & Shop, and had been used as storage until the town’s building department declared it a hazard after inspections in June, and ordered it either repaired or razed. A portion of the building that was closest to the sidewalk was already removed in mid-July.



  1. Beware
    The Stop & Shop is moving in small increments to get a store that will be out of place in a flood zone, a traffic nightmare zone and within the intensity of the Steam Ship Authority loading and unloading of ferries.
    Also people should be reminded that the parking lot is town property NOT owned by the S & S !
    Yes a store similar to the present S & S is needed, but not at the expense of that limited space that Water St. has.

    • Any new store must be built above the flood zone. In doing so, they would add parking on the current street level.

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