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Jan 6, 2009 08:39 AM

Whole Foods Nashua?

Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Nashua NH is still happening? I am dying for someplace like that here. Anything like Wilson Farms, Idlye or whole foods. I have been to the Wilson Farms in NH but it is nothing like the other one.

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  1. I hate to break the news, but it looks like it's now off the list of "Stores in Development" on their website.

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    1. re: bewley

      I'm sure the economy has killed the shopping mall that it was supposed to be part of.

      1. re: whs

        Yeah I'm still depressed over this. They should've picked up the old Shaw's site on the DW while it was still there. I heard that they were looking at sites in Bedford but nothing recently.

        1. re: whs


          With the number of retail vacancies on the DW Highway now ( with more surely to come ) the demand for new, expensive retail space has probably plummeted even more so - this article is from July .

      2. I don't think it's the economy (on their website they have many shops due to open) or the demographic need (Philbrick's in Portsmouth does a booming business). I think the reason NH doesn't have a Whole Foods is due to NH's restrictive liquor laws.

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        1. re: bewley

          Legislation was recently introduced to allow grocery stores to carry spirits, in addition to wine and beer. Let's see where that goes.

          1. re: whs

            Well, there's always the WF in Bedford Mass--about 20 minutes south of Nashua.

        2. Bummer!!! I have no clue why NH doesn't have anything good like that!

          1. From today's Nashua Telegraph: Whole Foods won't open in Nashua:


            1. To offer a slightly contrarian view ...

              I'm at a loss as to what exactly a Whole Foods would bring to Nashua that we don't already have. Produce arranged with the precision of a tile floor? Nine-dollar tubes of organic licorice toothpaste? More cheeses than there are people in Nashua?

              Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate WF's appeal. For pure spectacle, few things can set a foodie's heart aflutter in quite the same way. But having had to actually shop at a WF for three years when I lived in Center City Philadelphia (because there was nothing else feasible even remotely nearby), I'm generally thrilled not to have to drop wads of cash there anymore.

              Yes, once in a blue moon I'll need some obscure ingredient that can't be found at Hannaford ... and I'll hightail it to WF. (The most recent, a few months back, was harissa. Seitan has also confounded me.) But we really have some VERY good supermarkets in Nashua these days. People elsewhere have it a LOT worse (see: Philadelphia).

              So ... please enlighten me on what exactly we are missing. :-)

              (Awaits onslaught of rotten heirloom tomatoes!)

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              1. re: tunamelt

                Where can you find celery root in the Nashua area? None of the supermarkets in Milford carry it, although Stop & Shop in Milford once did. The problem with all the supermarkets here is that one cannot reliably find everything one needs, using fresh tarragon as just one example.

                I usually have an alternative recipe in mind, with a list of needed items when I go shopping - because without Whole Foods, you can't always get what you want.

                1. re: tunamelt

                  “So ... please enlighten me on what exactly we are missing. :-)”

                  Umm, I think what we’re missing in New Hampshire is a Whole Foods . . . that’s what this thread is about, isn’t it?

                  I agree that Whole Foods tends to be expensive for many things, but in a pinch, for a wonderful one-stop-shopping experience, Whole Foods cannot be beat. To say that Nashua has a lot of wonderful supermarkets is naive. Who has the time to drive to all those places (especially in Nashua)? I can also name a number of products available at Whole Foods exclusively, that no other market carries for a much better price. Their spice blends are excellent. And the cheese department?—come on what’s comparable?

                  1. re: tunamelt

                    I'd love to get a Whole Foods in the Nashua area, but at least we have a Trader Joe's (just over the border anyway).

                    1. re: tunamelt

                      Pea tendrils! Skate! Livarot! Shad roe!

                      1. re: whs

                        Whole Foods is certainly a step up. But Wegmans is the piece de resistance

                        1. re: gamefish54

                          Wegmans is the bomb lol. Whole foods second Stop and Shop usually a toilet.

                      2. re: tunamelt

                        Sometimes you can get what you want - in this case at the Stop & Shop in Bedford.

                        We were able to find fresh game hens, fresh tarragon (which we didn't buy), celery root and a shoulder veal roast.

                        This weekend we were able to make Baby Chicken with Calvados and Cream, Apple-Rice Pudding with Meringue, Celeri Remoulade and a Braised Veal Roast with Rosemary.

                        But I think we lucked out with our finds.