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Whole Foods Nashua??

Apparently their website says a Nashua store is under development...anyone know where it's going? I do know they had inquired about going in the plaza with Five Guys but never heard any more about it.

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  1. Nice work! Indeed, the listing in Stores in Development for Nashua is back! Apparently, they tweeted about it on May 5...I'm going to start following their tweets probably, hopefully catch some news that way! Can't find anything else on the topic anywhere...I'm worried that if it goes where 5 Guys is, that it will be a small store, there isn't much parking there. Maybe they will break ground on that new shopping center, or they'll go into one of the spots near the mall where there have been some closings.

    1. I learned about them looking at the 5 Guys place when I got my haircut over there. Some woman who makes chocolates out of her home was also looking at opening a store front there...no idea who she is. But all I see getting added right now is Sprint.

      There are soooo many open places right now. I hope they move quickly!

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      1. re: rizzo0904

        OMG I will just DIE! 5 guys is barely a mile from my house!

        1. re: SuperGrover

          Several years ago they were set to move into a large new outdoor lifestyle center that was going to be built off DW Highway behind Best Buy. When the economy tanked, that project died with it, along with WF in Nashua. I am not sure there is enough space for a WF near Five Guys. Further down 101A perhaps, but I think they'd want something as close to Rt 3 as possible to draw in the same northern MA crowd that shops DW Highway. What would be nice is if Markey Basket closed one of their two stores within a mile of each other along 101A , that would open up some prime space. But WF tends to build stores from the ground up, not renovate.

          I would think Bedford would be another good place for them to look.

          On a related note, the first Wegmans in New England opens in Northborough MA this fall. I had heard a lot about them and after having been to one in PA recently, I can see the appeal. The prepared foods section/restaurant blows away WF. I'd love to see them beat WF to the punch in southern NH but I doubt it will happen.

          1. re: Msample

            I wish WF would also consider Keene since they could draw from not only all of southwestern NH, but Southern Vermont, Northwestern Mass, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. However, if they proceed with the store in Nashua, I'm sure I will make the trip there from time to time, even if I have to fight the traffic on DW.

            1. re: Tedmom

              I think Trader Joes could do well in Keene, as they have a smaller footprint and are lower priced. I don't think there is enough of the WF demographic in the Keene area unfortunately.

              1. re: Msample

                My husband just brought up the Building 19 site. They just lease and the owners were going to punt them when Walmart was interested in buying.

                1. re: SuperGrover

                  That would be a great spot! I think I read that Wegman's is only going as far as Northampton.

                  MSample, don't know if you typed "Markey Basket" by accident, but it cracked me up bc my son calls it "Markey Baskey" and we always joke about that ;).

              2. re: Tedmom

                Keene is building a brand spankin new food coop in the center of town.

              3. re: Msample

                Can't say I agree with the comparison between Wegmans and Whole Foods *IF* they are building a large Whole Foods store with the bells and whistles. I have been to some small and crappy Wegmans that don't even have a bakery as good as Market Basket. However, I must admit that I come from Austin TX, home of the flagship Whole Foods. Now that I'm up in NH, the closest Whole Foods is in Andover and it isn't anything special.

                1. re: elctrnc

                  The only 2 Wegmans I have been have been brand new and they are monstrous, dwarfing the WF I go to down in Bedford MA occasionally. I think for both chains, new locations are trending towards the biggest formats. I'd be happy to see either in southern NH really.

          2. They can also move into an empty Blockbuster or Borders.

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            1. re: rizzo0904

              The Blockbusters I think will be too small...Borders, I was thinking of as well. It seems like all the old WF are the smaller ones, when they build them now, they seem to have all the features available in them. I'm thinking this one is going to be really nice.

              1. re: solargarlic

                Ugh, last thing I need is another stop on the DW Highway. Agreed Blockbuster is too small. The Building 19 site is intriguing. Certainly big enough.

                1. re: Msample

                  Aw, I like Building 19 though....and yes, I actually buy stuff there occasionally!

            2. this is amazing news. I hope it comes to fruition.

                1. re: whs

                  Not really much info there. They may not even have a location picked out yet and are just acknowledging that they are still looking. Then they have to get permits, construction, etc. Could be a while.

                  1. re: Msample

                    Apparently a lease has been signed, so I'd think they do have the location, just not disclosing it yet.

                2. The cynic in me suspects some Whole Foods flack in Austin is chortling with glee over his unfailing ability to whip Nashua into a frenzy with these strategic tidbits. ;-)

                  I have experience with both Wegmans (for 6 years in Rochester) and Whole Foods (for 3 years in Philadelphia). I'd much rather have a Wegmans near me: It offers top-notch produce, cheeses, meats, etc., AND the more humdrum stuff we all need, like toilet paper and Cheerios.

                  We shopped at WF in Philly mostly out of necessity: Many areas inside the city limits are food ghettos, with sad excuses for fresh produce. But we *always* had to make a second stop elsewhere for household staples. The grocery-shopping two-step gets old quickly.

                  TM

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                  1. re: tunamelt

                    Agreed....I won't do the bulk of my shopping here, but will occasionally supplement. It's what I do with TJs right now. I basically use TJs for snacks for the kids, nuts, hot dogs, and appetizers...that's it.

                    1. re: tunamelt

                      I've never been that impressed with the WFs I've been in when traveling. I usually prefer local supermarkets. If/when one comes to somewhere near me in VT, I probably won't stop. But then, I have a LOT of local produce options here. If TJs came, though.. I'd love the heck out of that. :)

                      1. re: Morganna

                        Building 19 is closing next month! Could it be?!?!?!?

                        1. re: SuperGrover

                          I'm kinda bummed about the closure...great place for kids' books and rugs. I've also gotten some pretty cool shoes there believe it or not! I just hope something worth while goes in, and not Walmart. Whole Foods still hasn't announced where in Nashua it's going and the article said no paperwork has been filed for the 19 spot yet.

                          1. re: rizzo0904

                            Seeing as how Building 19 only just recently failed to get a lease renewal it will probably take time for Whole Foods to get any sort of paperwork filed.

                            I don't see Wal Mart going in when they have a super sized store right down 101.

                            1. re: Msample

                              Walmart has tried to get in there and lost at their previous attempt. They want to be closer to Route 3 than Target is to grab customers is my understanding.

                              As for the space, I'm assuming the landlord already has someone that's interested. In this economy, with so many vacate lots around, why would you not agree to a lower rental rate to keep it occupied? He's gotta have someone lined up.

                    2. The original spot that Whole Foods targeted quite a few years back was the South End/ Nashua, behind Best Buy, as part of a new shopping center, but when the economy took a dump, so did this development. It still would be a good spot for a large standalone, but nothing going on back there. That, and the fact that they say a lease has been signed means an existing building. Building 19 is disgusting and not sad to see that sh*thole go.

                      I'm sure the owner wanted to get them out for the fact they dont even keep the premises clean and well kept..Last time I went there was on a recommendation for cheap area rugs, and the place stunk like mold and well..stinky ass..and quickly made a run through and out. No thanks.

                      Anyways..The 5 guys plaza doesnt work. Sure, its adjacent to rte 3, but the lot is way too small...though the allure of 5Guys certainly seems to have worn off. last time i drove by there, was empty. If you like cheap, hit fat, overcooked beef, flattened, this is your place for sure!

                      I'd say the building 19 spot is probably the best spot, though wouldnt be surprised if they find something..lord knows there's plenty of empty businesses these days..

                      I really cant wait to see this open, with the only options are Hannafords (1st choice) , Ghetto Basket and the absurdly expensive Shaws. Not that anyone can afford to do all their shopping there, but at least their produce, hard to find ingredients, cheeses, and spices are better than anything within a 40 miles radius. No thanks to Trader Joes..outside of a few things, it's nothing but pretentiousness and frozen food. Last time in the Tyngsboro store, was overrun with douchbaggery, even with the help.

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                      1. re: ctroutman

                        thanks for the chuckle...i needed that after the night i've had. douchbaggery was my favorite word in the post...i need to use it more often.

                        there are so many open spots in town. building 19 would be a perfect spot. and what about the new outlet area in Merrimack...any chance it would go in there and they are just using Nashua since it's the largest city around?

                        1. re: rizzo0904

                          The Merrimack location would be farther from MA; the Building 19 one is a few exits closer. I am glad the location on DW Highway fell through; that road is bad enough as it is traffic wise.

                          1. re: Msample

                            If they dont have plans already in place, they very well could wait for the Merrimack outlets, but the hot rumor all along has been Nashua. I wouldnt want it in the south end, but wouldnt surprise me either, as their are more empty large spaces available. I thought I read, 'a lease was in place' when the rumor first broke. I dont know..seemed pretty exciting, but keeping everyone guessing gets pretty lame.

                            I am very interested in the Peterborough based one moving in behind 5Guys on Amherst Street..I would rather support the small guy if i can..and if its good and the price is right, I dont need to go to WF

                        2. re: ctroutman

                          Support the small guy and you like WF?

                          Global Flavors in Nasua has better spices and a wider selection of grains and flours, Lanna Asian has a great range of hard to find east asian ingredients, Angela's in Manchester has a cheese selection (also oils & vinegars) to rival WF, Market Basket's Choice grade meats are at least as good as what WF offers at insane prices. Lull farm in season has much better produce, and even off season is in a league w/ what WF carries. That's just an abbreviated list, but all of these businesses are within 40 miles, and locally or near region based.

                          True nobody around here has a good fish/market counter, but then neither does WF (I gave up on the place entirely after a MISERABLE experience with some fish & oysters from them)

                          1. re: qianning

                            Well some of us don't want to spend a whole weekend traveling to a dozen stores to do our shopping. If you do then have fun.

                            1. re: qianning

                              I'll be checking out the one that's going in near 5 Guys and owned by the gentleman from Peterborough. If his products are good and the price is right, I'll gladly choose the local small guy over WF.

                              1. re: qianning

                                A friend of mine has a son with severe food allergies and it is a struggle for her to find the foods that he can eat. She drives from Nashua to the Bedford WF for almost all her shopping. For her sake alone, I'm happy to see a WF come into town.

                                1. re: ecwashere7

                                  Don't know what the deal is with the old Building 19 location in Nashua - there's a for sale / lease sign up there now (which I don't think they would have put up if Whole Foods was going in there).

                                  1. re: southie_chick

                                    Exactly what I was thinking, can someone who knows commercial real estate comment on this? Is it a set up for an electronis retailer to come in and lease or buy? Seems like a logical spot.

                                    1. re: beerme

                                      Don't know which electronics retailer you'd be thinking about. Too close to the existing Best Buy for them to move, and they are now struggling despite Circuit City going out of business.

                                      1. re: beerme

                                        Resurrecting this thread; based on this article I don't think the old Building 19 site will be a Whole Foods.

                                        http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/9...

                                        1. re: Msample

                                          who knows at this point, but this stuff would not be going on if they had already struck a deal. Maybe south end again as they had originally planned.

                                          1. re: Msample

                                            What I found interesting is that the article mentioned they "talked with a lending institution about locating a branch at the top of the land" - not taking over the old spot where Building 19 was. Wonder if they'd put in BOTH a small bank / ATM & Whole Foods? You'd probably need to hit the bank first anyway before shopping there! ; )

                                            1. re: southie_chick

                                              The space seems large enough for both anyway. I wonder if part of the problem is with all the water waste from a WF? Not sure what kind of system is in place and they may not be able to make improvements bc of the land the building is on. Just trying to see how that part of the article fits the WF angle vs. a bank being ok there.

                                              1. re: solargarlic

                                                Well it's definitely too large for just a bank. I wish they'd get on with it already! :)

                                            2. re: Msample

                                              What I read from that article is that they're talking about putting a bank branch at the top of the property. "Top" of that particular lot to me means streetside, with the Bldg 19 building being at the 'bottom' of the property.
                                              Besides, the Bldg 19 building is on the large side to be a WF only. I could see it being subdivided.

                                              1. re: cringle22

                                                That building is getting torn down no matter who winds up there. They will build fresh and hopefully build big. The WF in Bedford is so lacking compared to the nice big ones in Mass.

                                      2. re: qianning

                                        I dont shop at WF, mainly since their isnt one local. I like their spices and cheeses, specialty items..thats all. I dont need a 250.00 weekly shopping bill kthanks

                                        I figured if there was indeed a smaller guy coming in, I'd support them first and foremost. I heard about the 5guys plaza one, and was supposed to open last Oct/Nov. and never did

                                        1. re: ctroutman

                                          The Peterborough-based shop is Nature's Green Grocer and the most recent news was that they were hoping to open early summer. They have an extensive vitamins/supplements/etc/beauty care products section. The groceries are not plentiful - certainly not like Whole Foods or any other chain, but more than what you'd expect and what they do sell is good and pretty much on par price-wise with foods from other natural food shops. We get all of our meat from there and they do have some fresh seafood. They also have the de rigueur GF-CF-sometimes nut-free products there as well and if they don't have it, they will try to order it in for you. I'd think Peterborough is much closer to Nashua than Bedford, MA!

                                    2. WF is too busy taking a Dunkin'-like approach to oversaturating our neighbor to the immediate south.

                                      1. WF announced a number of new stores they are opening on twitter today, including one in Westford, MA.

                                        I replied, asking about when they were coming to Nashua, telling them that we've been patiently waiting for them to come to NH. This was the reply:

                                        "Thanks for your patience. Hopefully not too long!"

                                        1. The Turnpike Plaza Market Basket is closing tomorrow.

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                                          1. re: SuperGrover

                                            The one at exit 7? If that worn-out old store is closing then it must mean they are about to open the new one just up the street, where Sears Essentials was. I figured they'd close that one soon enough, and it would make a great Whole Foods location.

                                            1. re: Dave B

                                              Yep. Hopefully all the renovations there are a lead up. They say the other Market Basket will be opening in a few weeks.

                                              1. re: Dave B

                                                I asked yesterday, the new store (consolidating the exit 7 & exit 8 stores) is opening on the 23rd.

                                                1. re: qianning

                                                  This is why I haven't made millions in real estate = always late to the game. Duh -- the Market Basket exit 7 location closing makes a potential space for Whole Foods. Obviously.

                                                  What I didn't think about earlier was the fact the new MB about to open has the old/previous MB right beside it in the same plaza. They of course will close that store too, making yet another very large retail space available for some merchant such as...... Whole Foods.

                                                  I've already admitted I'm no real estate baron... but if I were MB, I'd do everything I could to hold on to the leases for the soon-to-be TWO empty properties to keep WF out of the neighborhood for as long as possible. Not that the clientele/demographic pull are identical, but another grocery store next to/near a huge new property investment wouldn't be my ideal scenario if my last name was Basket. Or if my last name were Foods, for that matter.

                                                  I'd place my bets on WF going into the exit 7 plaza, if not for the tired look of the place. I just can't picture WF going in there without a MAJOR overhaul to the whole plaza.

                                                  Done opining for now........

                                                  1. re: Dave B

                                                    Demoulas owns the entire plaza at exit 8 where the new store is opening. There is no way a WF will go there.

                                                    Not sure if who owns the plaza at exit 7.

                                                    1. re: Dave B

                                                      That plaza seems a bit dumpy for a Whole Foods, I'd be shocked if they go there.

                                                      1. re: Msample

                                                        No dumpier really than Bedford and they ARE renovating.

                                              2. All the Stop & Shops in NH being closed. Hopefully we can get a Whole Foods in one of them.

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                                                1. re: SuperGrover

                                                  Add to that Shaws announced they are closing a half dozen NH stores, although I don't think any of those locations would support a Whole Foods ( or better yet a Wegmans) .

                                                  http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/shaw...

                                                  The S&S in Milford is relatively new , but the few times I went in there was mostly deserted . The two recently renovated Market Baskets on 101A must have put the final nail in the coffin .

                                                  1. re: SuperGrover

                                                    The S&S Bedford location is across from a Fresh Market, so that bodes well for the demographics of the location.

                                                    The S&S Milford location is intriguing. Right at the intersection of 101A and 101, close to many towns that I'd think would be Whole Foods friendly due to either wealth or crunchiness...

                                                    I think both locations are large enough to support a Wegmans, or another MarketBasket Deluxe.

                                                    1. re: cringle22

                                                      The Milford one is too far off the beaten path IMO. The locals wouldn't shop there, that's for sure . Bedford on the other hand is much better located, as well as offering better access off the highway .

                                                      An renovated Market Basket would be nice in the Milford S&S space to bring it in line with the other two along 101A. But I have a feeling the existing one, although smaller is pretty cheap to operate and thus highly profitable . I don't know if they would get enough traffic to support the much larger footprint one of the new deluxe MB requires.

                                                      1. re: Msample

                                                        I agree, I cannot imagine a WF doing well in Milford at all. I don't think there is a big enough population in the surrounding areas to make it successful either. On the other hand, Bedford I could see working, though Nashua still being the best spot IMO.

                                                        1. re: solargarlic

                                                          Hudson would probably be the best spot location wise. Not sure if they'd want to be THAT close to MB but I buy different things in both so it might not be that big of a deal.

                                                          1. re: SuperGrover

                                                            Yeah, I have a bad feeling that a Nashua area WF might be tempted to lean towards the commuter 'burbs to the east than to the west. More critical mass. Wishful thinking on my part. The location across from Fresh Market though... it's also near a particularly good Hannafords.

                                                  2. It will def be a big grab to schoop up some of these properties.
                                                    I can see MB, Hannafords, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, and maybe evens Wegmans try to enter the Market.

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                                                    1. re: windward

                                                      I WISH Wegmans would come up here. I can't wait for the one in Burlington to open.

                                                      1. re: SuperGrover

                                                        I think Wegmans can be a big player too, and I think the old Building 19 space on Amherst St would be perfect for them. Yes, I think their value offering is good enough to compete with a large format MB as Wegmans has everyday pricing like $1.99/lb on boneless chicken and $2.79 for 3 lbs of baby carrots which handily beat MB. Would be great to see them create some well-paying retail jobs as well.

                                                        WF would be perfect for the S&S space in Hudson. I think there's enough aspects of WF that are different from MB, and there's quite a bit in general grocery that is quite competitive. When I looked at Whole Food's energy bar pricing, it is quite similar to Trader Joe's, and more competitive than MB.

                                                        1. re: kreptol

                                                          I would love to know what's up with the Building 19 space. You would think it would have been sold off long ago. I suppose they're probably asking too much for it.

                                                          1. re: SuperGrover

                                                            Word is that it is still on the market. Building 19 leased it from someone else and Building 19's business wasn't good enough to keep the store running so they shut it down which made sense. You can easily get some good stuff if you look around but you can easily get some stuff that isn't worthwhile. Bought a deeply discounted dress shirt for $10 that would otherwise go for $25/$30 at Macy's but it had a stain that was not visible from the packaging.

                                                            Even for what is unexpired in food isn't too much of a bargain. Found Kashi crackers at $1.69 a box there; can get them every couple months for $1.50-$2 a box wyb 5 at a time at S&S.

                                                            http://www.atlanticretail.com/images/...

                                                            1. re: kreptol

                                                              The landlords didn't renew their lease. That's why Building 19 closed.

                                                    2. Whole Foods to open off Exit 7 in Nashua

                                                      The natural foods grocer will be opening its first N.H. location at the Turnpike Plaza

                                                      http://www.nhbr.com/August-9-2013/Who...

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                                                      1. re: whs

                                                        Finally they are opening.... I am surprised it is in place of MB in that plaza as I thought MB owned it but if so, maybe they thought there are enough locations WF can open a store in Nashua/Hudson these days. Nashua/Hudson is a very competitive market with all the wholesale clubs and the Northern part of Nashua could use a natural store.

                                                        1. re: kreptol

                                                          MB owns the plaza where the new MB moved to a bigger store.

                                                        2. re: whs

                                                          A surprise b/c we'd never expect a MB to move out of a viable location, but it all makes sense in the end.
                                                          I am psyched that WF is on my side of the highway!

                                                          1. re: cringle22

                                                            I'm surprised WF would move into a space with such crazy road access, but then again when I think of some of their locations in Massachusetts and RI, parking and traffic flow doesn't seem to be a big issue for them.

                                                        3. So finally the sign goes up but while I love the location, right on the way home from work for me, I would think the traffic would be horrendous and the parking lot is small. Interesting though.

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                                                          1. re: eat714

                                                            I think I heard that the Papa Gino's was moving and being torn down.

                                                            1. re: SuperGrover

                                                              Yes a coworker heard that they are working on improving access into and out of that plaza . Razing the PJ would be a good place to start. That said, the traffic backup to get into the jug handle to make the left turn off of Rt 101A headed east is going to get even worse.

                                                            2. re: eat714

                                                              I think it's consistent with other suburban MA locations. Andover and maybe Bedford WF is about this size. This one though is probably slightly smaller. Sure, if this proves that this is a good investment for them, we'll see something bigger and better from them, or at least more locations. Even when their Andover store is busy and at or near its capacity, traffic and navigating the parking lot isn't too bad. The rest of the businesses don't get too much traffic in that plaza so I think parking should be fine even if it proves to be very popular.

                                                              1. re: kreptol

                                                                I too was thinking the Bedford size format is about what it will be. Its been a while since I have been in the now closed MB, but I think it was bigger than the Bedford WF.

                                                                While I would love to see something on the scale of the mega Dedham WF go in, I know it wouldn't be practical up here. Still a win for the area though.

                                                                1. re: kreptol

                                                                  I'm afraid I have to respectfully disagree about the Andover WF. I'm in there frequently at lunch time and the lot is often full, with cars circling waiting for spots. The traffic is a nightmare--people traveling in every direction, clueless drivers. In my most recent trip, the cashier and her manager all but ignored me while they discussed the coupons that the previous customer had, so I'm really not a huge fan. It'll be interesting to see what the Nashua location is like.

                                                                2. re: eat714

                                                                  Jughandles need to go. No reason traffic can't turn left at Charron Ave near Pep Boys as the light is already there. As for the jughandle in front of WF that needs to go as well. People come from miles around to shop there and they are going to want an easy on easy off solution, not turning right and going through a jughandle. Its confusing and antiquated.

                                                                  1. re: tiny87

                                                                    Whether you have a jughandle or a left turn only lane, that stretch of 101A is narrower than it is further west. Traffic even now gets backed up . Its going to suck no matter what they do, esp when WF first opens.

                                                                    1. re: Msample

                                                                      Yea they are definately going to need to widen the road I would think. Although if anyone has ever been to the WF in Bedford Mass it is a very narrow road too and can get backed up. Problem is all those businesses there are close to the road and there isn't any room for widening. I will be curious to see how they accomplish this. That part of 101A is always a mess already.

                                                                      1. re: tiny87

                                                                        In a perfect world, they would allow you to access the parking lot directly from the exit 7S offramp from RT 3 South. Probably not enough room to slow down though.

                                                                3. I plan to avoid WFN for at least a month after the opening. When MB opened in Hooksett, you would have thought they were giving away food.

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                                                                  1. re: whs

                                                                    Always is like that! The 70k square foot Stop and Shop store in Chelmsford was wall to wall people during the grand opening weekend with the 18 registers they put in there going full blast and scan it machines being used in the whole store. Of course, people were going for the technically free turkeys as they were giving 300 gas points with a turkey purchase at $.39/lb. So a 12 lb turkey was technically free if you were filling your car up with around 15 gallons of gasoline anyway. I think the relatively good use of scan it machines prevented them from having problems with checkout lines.

                                                                    The store still holds a decent volume, probably with the differentiating features it has and it looks like they fulfill Peapod deliveries from this store as well. Also, they have a very good natural food selection; about 2x what I see from other S&Ss. Love their store brand Nature's Promise triscuit crackers. Just discovered them and they have just whole wheat and salt in them (no palm oil like triscuits) and they are decently priced at $2.39 for a 7 ounce box.

                                                                    1. re: kreptol

                                                                      I plan to be clawing at the doors like a walker as they open them for the first time..

                                                                  2. The banner is now on the fa├žade of the building. I can hardly wait!

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                                                                      1. re: observor

                                                                        They took the banner down a while ago to put a fresh facade on the building. They've taped out the window areas and put some red paper stuff on. I'm moving in two weeks; don't think it'll be open before then. :-(

                                                                        1. re: weddingdance

                                                                          Last I saw was summer which can mean anytime up until September.

                                                                        1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                          Damn. I have all fingers and toes crossed that this doesn't do in Angela's and especially Lanna Asian Market.

                                                                        1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                          thanks for the heads up, will be staying away from that area for a while. It looks huge. I've only been to the one in Bedford MA and Bellingham MA, and it has been a long time. I just don't remember them being any larger than TJ's.

                                                                          1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                            After watching the video I'm pretty psyched now to check the place out. The club inside with 32 craft beers on tap and what sounds like cool menu offerings...... hell, it could be a dining destination.

                                                                          2. Today's the day! It is OPEN!

                                                                            1. I KNOW! I'm hoping I can restrain myself and wait until Monday when I'm off. I just know it will be crazy after work and on the weekend. I don't know if my self control is that good though! :)

                                                                              1. Has anyone been, or know how mobbed it's been? I'm tempted (and work at home), but with the Market Basket situation's effect on Hannaford and even Harvest Market, I'm weary of shopping crowds.

                                                                                1. Check out @WFM_Nashua . They've been tweeting out lots of pictures. It looks CRAZY!

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                                                                                  1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                                    Oh geez, yes - thanks for the pointer. I drop my girlfriend off at Boston Express every morning to go to work around 6:40 - if they open at 8, I'm tempted to just find a parking space and get some work done on the laptop while I wait. Whole Foods is one of the few places that carries witch finger grapes (though I have no idea if this location does, of course!), and the season doesn't last much longer.

                                                                                  2. Went this morning at opening - no real crowd. Didn't find the witch finger grapes I was hoping for, but their season might be over, or this just might not be one of the Whole Foods carrying that company's grapes. Anyway, overall good impressions - the selection is really deep in some areas, like yogurt (I hadn't seen the cream-top Brown Cow yogurt in a few years, thought they stopped making it) and mushrooms.

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                                                                                    1. re: okaycheckitout

                                                                                      Went last night around 8 pm. It was still quite crowded. I noticed a lot of people just looking, they didn't have a cart or holding anything. Just checking it out it appears. It seems smaller than the one in Bedford and I have been trying to figure out whats different. So far the only thing I could find was the Nashua store didn't have a cheese section or a coffee grinding section. Maybe less soaps and paper products as well. All in all a nice addition to the Nashua area. I still am a bigger fan of the Fresh Market up in Bedford though.

                                                                                      1. re: tiny87

                                                                                        There's a cheese counter at the far end by the wine/hot food - one of the things I sought out, since every Whole Foods seems to carry Humboldt Fog, which I never see in Nashua (though I think there's a cheese shop in Manchester that carries it).

                                                                                        I thought it seemed smaller too. In particular I was kind of surprised by the produce - not only is the produce section not very big, the selection is about as wide as at Hannaford or Market Basket. More of some things, less of others. I'm curious if that will be different after the summer.

                                                                                        1. re: okaycheckitout

                                                                                          Oh good I will have to check it out. I guess I didn't walk around the wine corner to see what was around it, I assumed it was more wine. I agree the produce section seemed much smaller as well. So far it hasn't made a dent in the traffic at Hannaford. People are still mobbing the place since the fiasco at Market Basket. I thought maybe some of the traffic would head over to Whole Foods, but I guess not.

                                                                                    2. Considering the amount of anticipation the opening of WF caused on the Northern New England board since 2010, I'm surprised more comments have not been left since the opening. It's half the size of the WF in Fresh Pond; positives are the selection of fish which goes well beyond the usual cod, salmon, tuna at most other places. I saw bluefish, chilean sea bass and pineapple planked salmon. Some good cheap wine selections under $4. Massive amounts of yogurt. The cheese selection is limited; Angela's Pasta and Cheese has a wider and deeper selection. The meat department at Fresh Market is better. The selection of ethnic food is pathetic; go to Lanna Asian Market down the street. The fresh vegetable selection is smaller than Market Basket, though the selection of mushrooms is local and interesting. Overall, not quite the WOW factor that many of us were expecting, but a good addition to the choices we already enjoy, between farm stands, specialty markets and other grocery chains.

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                                                                                      1. re: whs

                                                                                        I would agree that because of the size of this WF, this store is slightly disappointing. My greatest disappointment was probably the bakery section. I disagree on your opinion of the meat department, I thought it was one of the highlights. The fish counter is pretty great though, I've already had a wonderful dinner using a whole fish from there. I'm looking forward to shopping there once the crowds die down. It will be very interesting to see what the Bedford store will be like. Hopefully that one will be bigger.

                                                                                        1. re: solargarlic

                                                                                          Where is the Bedford one going?

                                                                                          I would agree that the small size is a bit underwhelming.

                                                                                          1. re: Msample

                                                                                            The Bedford one is going to be where the Wayfarer was. And I thought the bakery section was pretty good. God only knows it's better than any local bakery.

                                                                                            1. re: SuperGrover

                                                                                              I should have been more specific...the baked goods (desserts) all looked really good. I didn't like that you have to wait and ask for most of the breads. The packaged bread selection seemed really small too, and the prices pretty high. I know I can do a better job with my bread staples elsewhere. Overall I still prefer The Good Loaf for a bakery...but that's not in Nashua, so I get what you're saying ;).

                                                                                      2. Fellow fans of unusual fruit, I found sapote and cotton candy grapes at Whole Foods this morning, neither of which I've seen in Nashua before. (This also presumably means they'll have witch finger grapes next summer - same company as the cotton candy grapes, different season.)

                                                                                        I know others have been nonplussed by the small size, but I'm finding I'm already developing staples that I pick up there frequently - yogurts, mushrooms, and beverages mainly, and Kind bars for my girlfriend, but they also have an English farmhouse cheddar I can't get enough of (and it's a lot cheaper than my other favorite cheddars) and a number of things like harissa that I may not buy frequently but am grateful to not have to purchase by mail order now. Still have not checked out the pub.

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                                                                                        1. re: okaycheckitout

                                                                                          It may be small but I find it's better in some ways than the Bedford store. The fresh sausage selection is better for sure.