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Title: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on December 21, 2011, 07:31:30 pm
New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Are Opening All Over NH
http://www.freestateblogs.net/node/13048

I remember years ago, some people were concerned about New Hampshire not having the stores they want.  Well, things are changing.  It is true, pay in NH is noticeably higher than the national average.  However, food is not more expensive than average in NH.  Over the last couple years, more and more low priced food stores have opened in NH.  Even more stores are scheduled to open.  Aldi and Dollar General are looking at sites to open even more stores.

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Five years ago New Hampshire didn't have a lot of inexpensive grocery stores. The least expensive common chain in NH was Hannafords, a chain not known for being inexpensive. There were some Market Baskets, a store with prices comparable to Wal-Mart, but they were mostly near border communities. NH didn't have a lot of dollar stores, either. A lot has changed.

Market Basket is aggressively expanding in NH. New stores recently opened in Swanzey, Salem, Londonderry, Epping and Hooksett. New stores in Manchester and Bedford are scheduled to open in 2012 and 2013.

The Dollar Tree in Keene relocated to a new location. The store doubled in size and started carrying both refrigerated and frozen food. The Wal-Mart in Hinsdale relocated to a much larger building, tuned into a Supercenter and even put a dollar store in the building. A new Dollar Tree opened in Rindge. Dollar General tried to open stores in Marlborough and Winchester but as I previous blogged about, local government boards voted to keep the stores out. The only Dollar General currently operating in NH is in Nashua. However, the company hasn't given up on expanding in NH.

Trader Joe's, a store that some people describe as a scaled down inexpensive version of Whole Foods, is relocating a Tyngsboro, Taxachusetts store to Nashua, NH in 2012.

Ocean State Job Lot is a discount store than has an extensive non-perishable food selection. The company opened two new stores in NH over the last couple years. It will open a store in Concord in 2012 for a total of eight stores in NH.

NH has lots of wholesale clubs, but the number of club locations has been constant for years. There is a Costco in Nashua. Spread around the state are four Sam's Club and six BJ's locations.

NH now has Shaws, Hannafords, Price Chopper and Market Basket grocery chains stores located throughout the state. There are also four the Stop & Shop stores located in western and northern NH.

The one grocery segment barely found in NH is the small store discount segment mostly controlled by Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Aldi has expanded in MA over the last couple years and now has five locations. The closest Aldi location is in Leominster, MA, seventeen miles from the NH border. Rumor has it that an Aldi will open in Salem, NH in 2012. MA has around ten Save-A-Lot locations but the only NH location is in Gorham.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: NHbound87 on December 29, 2011, 09:18:06 pm
I heard food and stuff was supposed to be more expensive in NH than in the midwest but I haven't found that to be the case
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: doobie on December 29, 2011, 11:13:19 pm
I heard food and stuff was supposed to be more expensive in NH than in the midwest but I haven't found that to be the case

Hell of a lot cheaper than Illinois.  I think when we visited my parents there everything was 10-15% higher...then we had to pay like 9% sales tax... CRAZY
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: robin.freiheit on December 30, 2011, 10:32:33 am
Aldi is definitely a great store. Just remember when you visit one you have to put a coin in the cart to unlock it from the other carts and you need to bring your own grocery bags or buy some when you get there  :)
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: JonM on December 30, 2011, 06:23:59 pm
Stopped by the Trader Joes in Tyngsboro, they say they should be moved by summer 2012, into the space next to Michaels in Webster Square on DW Highway, and in the way information is given in New England, where Bed Bath and Beyond used to be.

This is interesting in that when I talked to corporate in 2010 they said they had no interest in moving to New Hampshire.  Turns out their parking lot in that Tyngsboro store is too small, the square footage of that store is too low to carry their full inventory and I suppose they finally ran the numbers and figured out they're losing money by not moving across the border.  They also plan to open a store in Portsmouth.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on January 23, 2012, 11:13:11 pm
Great news for Seabook, NH.  One of the Market Baskets in Seabrook is expanding.  Also, other new stores are opening in Seabrook.

Seabrook plaza expansion to begin this spring
Project will add about 35,000 square feet to shopping center
January 23, 2012
By Angeljean Chiaramida
http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x1456425461/Seabrook-plaza-expansion-to-begin-this-spring

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SEABROOK — By summer, patrons of Seabrook's South Gate Plaza on Route 1 will find a larger shopping center with six or more new stores anchored by an expanded Market Basket that features a small cafe.

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Construction is expected to begin this spring, with hopes of completion by summer.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: maxxoccupancy on January 24, 2012, 12:34:16 am
More jobs are a good thing.  This is the first time that many townsfolk have known high unemployment.  Construction is suffering everywhere, and aboot 10% of our townsfolk work in that field.

Still, there is seasonal and summer work here, and it's good to know that a few places are expanding and opening.  There's also a spot across from Richdale's that will be opening.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on January 25, 2012, 10:56:56 pm
On the opposite end of the spectrum, NH has some excellent independent & gourmet grocery stores like Philbrick's Fresh Market in Portsmouth and North Hampton and On The Vine in Exeter.

My experience with Market Basket is that they have found many creative ways to repackage high fructose corn syrup into the appearance of various foods.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: dalebert on January 26, 2012, 04:58:15 pm
My experience with Market Basket is that they have found many creative ways to repackage high fructose corn syrup into the appearance of various foods.

You mean differently or more creatively than any other grocery stores? What products are they selling that fit this that most grocery stores aren't?
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Liberty603 on January 26, 2012, 11:42:22 pm
My experience with Market Basket is highly positive. Wide selection of products, NOT just HCFS crap. My local MB probably has 30 different brands of hummus, 4 different brands of stuffed grape leaves, 5 or 6 different brands of fresh guacamole... all at good prices. Find another store that can match that. They are price competitive with Walmart Supercenter, which, honestly (think of them what you wish) is the only other competitively priced place to buy groceries, although their selection is more limited. Shaw's is outrageously priced (yes, you can get deals if you play the sale/rewards card games, but that's the exception, not the rule), Hannaford isn't quite as bad but still quite expensive, same for Stop & Shop.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on February 03, 2012, 10:29:17 pm
My experience with Market Basket is that they have found many creative ways to repackage high fructose corn syrup into the appearance of various foods.

You mean differently or more creatively than any other grocery stores? What products are they selling that fit this that most grocery stores aren't?

I try not to base my standards on the median, but rather on the ideal. Yes, most grocery stores sell crap. Market Basket seems to sell mostly crap. I find a slightly better selection at Hannaford. But really none of these are in the same class as the grocery stores I mentioned above or a European village market.

Just because we're force-fed the products of Big Agra doesn't mean we have to celebrate it.

Perhaps if more of us chose to live in walkable towns, we could save enough on car payments, car repair, gas, and taxes to afford higher quality food...
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on February 03, 2012, 10:31:52 pm
I'm not trying to flame everybody. It just bothers me to hear people celebrating putting more cheap crap into their bodies. I think you all deserve better (though I would never force anyone to see things my way).
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on February 06, 2012, 04:52:57 pm
I am not celebrating what people put in their bodies :)  Buy stuff at the new Dollar Generals, the new Market Basket Baskets or the expected Trader Joe's, or somewhere else if you want.  I'm celebrating the increased competition of stores, the increased selection of goods and the additional jobs and money it will bring into the New Hampshire economy.  When it comes to eating food, you are probably correct.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on February 07, 2012, 12:11:42 pm
Rite Aid looking to build new drug store in Meredith
By Michael Kitch
Jan 27, 2012 12:00 am
http://www.laconiadailysun.com/node/127042/18661

The Hannaford grocery store in Meredith is looking to expand :)

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MEREDITH — While the Planning Board this week welcomed the architecture and landscaping of the Rite Aid Pharmacy proposed to be built on N.H. Route 25, the impact of the project on traffic along the heavily traveled road remain under review by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Rite Aid operates from space next door to Hannaford supermarket at Meredith Bay Shops on the same roadway. In anticipation of the expansion of the supermarket into the space, Rite Aid plans to relocate to a 2.77-acre lot about a quarter of a mile away, just east of the junction with Meredith Bay Drive, between the Meredith Irving and Trinity Episcopal Church.

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To house the 15,000-square-foot building the site would be graded and building envelope framed by retaining walls, one off  the southeast corner of the building and another on its western flank.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on February 10, 2012, 10:13:05 pm
I am not celebrating what people put in their bodies :)  Buy stuff at the new Dollar Generals, the new Market Basket Baskets or the expected Trader Joe's, or somewhere else if you want.  I'm celebrating the increased competition of stores, the increased selection of goods and the additional jobs and money it will bring into the New Hampshire economy.  When it comes to eating food, you are probably correct.

Good point
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Domestic Patriot on February 12, 2012, 06:05:33 pm
There have been two Market Baskets in Salem for years it's not new here. One just was expanded, as many of the stores are being expanded, the one in Haverhill (MA) for example. The expanded stores have alot more choices, including alot more ethnic food and a cafe. No, I dont work for market basket but they've got the least expensive prices around and I'd rather shop there than wal*mart. There also used to be two in Plaistow area but now there's only one. I've never worked there but have family who have and they enjoy/ed working there for what its worth. :)
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on February 14, 2012, 12:57:13 pm
"have family who have and they enjoy/ed working there for what its worth."

That's worth something.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on February 17, 2012, 03:11:01 pm
There have been two Market Baskets in Salem for years it's not new here. One just was expanded, as many of the stores are being expanded, the one in Haverhill (MA) for example. The expanded stores have alot more choices, including alot more ethnic food and a cafe. No, I dont work for market basket but they've got the least expensive prices around and I'd rather shop there than wal*mart. There also used to be two in Plaistow area but now there's only one. I've never worked there but have family who have and they enjoy/ed working there for what its worth. :)

I just shopped at Market Basket.  The store had two prices listed for the price of the beer I bought.  I told them about it after noticing that the beer rung up at the higher price.  I said something like, "you may want to clear that up as you have two prices listed."  I was fully willing to pay the higher price.  I just didn't want anyone else caught in the confusion.  They insisted on sending someone to the isle to investigate the issue right then.  When the person came back from the isle, I was actually charged $2 less than even the lower price.  It was an unexpected and very positive experience.  Of course, Market Basket is a local company.  It isn't a big international grocer like Wal-Mart, ALDI/Trader Joe's or Costco.  I've even had some good experiences with those companies, though :)
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: TJames on February 17, 2012, 04:13:12 pm
You NHers have Associated Buyers. Who could ask for anything more?
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Ward Griffiths on February 17, 2012, 05:59:45 pm
Confusing.  There seem to be several unrelated operations/chains using the name Market Basket.  One in New England, one in Texas and one here in New Jersey.  I recall supermarkets using the name from my childhood in southern California -- it stands out in my memory, because at the time I was in junior high a pack of Lifesavers there was $.04 rather than the nickel charged everywhere else.  (This also gives you a clue how long ago my childhood was).
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on February 20, 2012, 01:35:36 pm
It is happening!

Grocer ALDI set to open first NH store
By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff
02/17/2012 1:21 PM
http://www.boston.com/Boston/businessupdates/2012/02/grocer-aldi-set-open-first-store/vQh15lDEorr1Os9bbuJjrJ/index.html

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ALDI, an Illinois-based discount chain, said it plans to open its first store in New Hampshire next month.

The store is located in Salem, N.H., at 541 South Broadway, and a grand opening is scheduled for March 1.

According to ALDI, the chain has roughly 1,200 stores in 32 states, including six in Massachusetts.

One ALDI claim is that its store brands can save customers 50 percent or more on many commonly purchased grocery items.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: JonM on February 23, 2012, 08:23:22 am
Saw that when I was going to the Lowes in Salem the other day.

There is an interesting phenomenon along the Massachusetts border in New Hampshire.  In Nashua the Pheasant Lane mall is located in NH, while most of its parking lot is in Massachusetts.  The state line also intersects the Lowes parking lot in Salem.  If you happen to visit the Pheasant Lane mall, take a look at JC Penny.  There is literally a corner cut out of it, and that's where the state line is.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: TJames on February 23, 2012, 11:08:22 pm
Saw that when I was going to the Lowes in Salem the other day.

There is an interesting phenomenon along the Massachusetts border in New Hampshire.  In Nashua the Pheasant Lane mall is located in NH, while most of its parking lot is in Massachusetts.  The state line also intersects the Lowes parking lot in Salem.  If you happen to visit the Pheasant Lane mall, take a look at JC Penny.  There is literally a corner cut out of it, and that's where the state line is.

I wanted to get what you are talking about and I found this http://granitegrok.com/blog/2011/12/bay-state-transplants-support-the-sign-warning-bill-while-mass-holes-oppose-it

The Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts has been lecturing Maine on our gun laws, I never thought of what it would be like to be in the Free State sharing a border with it. Demilitarized zone.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: robin.freiheit on February 27, 2012, 01:03:59 pm
It is happening!

Grocer ALDI set to open first NH store
By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff
02/17/2012 1:21 PM
http://www.boston.com/Boston/businessupdates/2012/02/grocer-aldi-set-open-first-store/vQh15lDEorr1Os9bbuJjrJ/index.html

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ALDI, an Illinois-based discount chain, said it plans to open its first store in New Hampshire next month.

The store is located in Salem, N.H., at 541 South Broadway, and a grand opening is scheduled for March 1.

According to ALDI, the chain has roughly 1,200 stores in 32 states, including six in Massachusetts.

One ALDI claim is that its store brands can save customers 50 percent or more on many commonly purchased grocery items.

I have experience with Aldi in NC and Aldi in Germany.

The Aldi in NC was good for canned goods and frozen foods, the prices were definitely way lower than any discount grocer I had visited before. Once you get used to bringing or buying bags and renting carts for a quarter =) Americans seem to be weirded out by this. They put the groceries right into your cart at the checkout and then you push it over to a table and bag em yourself. They had a decent selection of lower end German foods/beer, organic closeouts, every once in a while they would have laptops, camping gear, house plants, clothes, gardening equipment, kitchenware and digital cameras for sale at closeout costs too.

The Aldi's I went to in Germany were really good for fresh produce and breads, much better than the produce and bread found at Aldi's I visited in NC.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Maq on February 27, 2012, 06:28:45 pm

The Aldi in NC was good for canned goods and frozen foods, the prices were definitely way lower than any discount grocer I had visited before. Once you get used to bringing or buying bags and renting carts for a quarter =) Americans seem to be weirded out by this. They put the groceries right into your cart at the checkout and then you push it over to a table and bag em yourself. They had a decent selection of lower end German foods/beer, organic closeouts, every once in a while they would have laptops, camping gear, house plants, clothes, gardening equipment, kitchenware and digital cameras for sale at closeout costs too.

The Aldi's I went to in Germany were really good for fresh produce and breads, much better than the produce and bread found at Aldi's I visited in NC.

I remember having the pay a zloty to get a cart in Poland.  I was weirded out at first.  I thought it was funny, my wife was surprised they don't do it in the states.

We have an Aldi here in Raleigh but I've never been.  I may go now that another one is opening up a bit closer.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Porcsmouth on February 29, 2012, 08:14:38 pm
Seems like a zlot to ask =D
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on April 22, 2012, 07:15:12 pm
The new Market Basket in downtown Manchester (within a mile of 2 porcupine owned businesses and a bunch of porcupines) opens on Tuesday.  Market Basket was rated by Consumer Report readers as the #7 grocery store chain in the US ( http://bostonherald.com/business/general/view/20220408market_basket_gives_big_chains_food_for_thought .)  The Manchester location has a huge parking lot (making downtown parking much easier in Manchester) and is the 2nd largest Market Basket at 90,000 square feet and 21 isles.

Queen City Market Basket opens Tuesday
Published Apr 19, 2012 at 3:00 am (Updated Apr 18, 2012)
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120419/NEWS02/704199953

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Mayor Ted Gatsas, who will be on hand for the 8 a.m. ribbon cutting Tuesday, predicted the store will cause a renaissance in the south end of Elm Street. And the editor of a Massachusetts-based magazine that monitors the grocery business predicted lower prices in grocery stores throughout the city.

At some point, a Market Basket is expected in Bedford, NH.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Blither on April 24, 2012, 07:16:48 am
Saw that when I was going to the Lowes in Salem the other day.

There is an interesting phenomenon along the Massachusetts border in New Hampshire.  In Nashua the Pheasant Lane mall is located in NH, while most of its parking lot is in Massachusetts.  The state line also intersects the Lowes parking lot in Salem.  If you happen to visit the Pheasant Lane mall, take a look at JC Penny.  There is literally a corner cut out of it, and that's where the state line is.
Yeah, the story gets a bit wacky. Originally, the restaurants were all going to be on the Massachusetts side. The government of Mass amazingly declared that all customers, in all stores, would have to pay sales tax to Massachusetts.
Furious and defiant (and unwillingly to go through years of costly litigation), the developers rightly snubbed Massachusetts altogether and the mall was redesigned so that ALL stores and restaurants were on the New Hampshire side of the border. Contrary to popular belief however, less than a third of the parking lot is actually in Massachusetts.
However, the site lines had been drawn up incorrectly, placing one corner of the JCPenney building in Massachusetts. Consequently, the corner of JCPenney was cut off and re-bricked into its current pentagonal shape.
This is funny; according to the government of Mass, all customers who live in Massachusetts and go to a store in NH then bring the goods back to Mass are supposed to pay a 5% tax to Massachusetts. Good luck enforcing that one.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on April 24, 2012, 10:44:52 pm
This is funny; according to the government of Mass, all customers who live in Massachusetts and go to a store in NH then bring the goods back to Mass are supposed to pay a 5% tax to Massachusetts. Good luck enforcing that one.

Thanks for the details :)  That last part (the part I quoted) is true for many (almost all states?)
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: robin.freiheit on April 25, 2012, 04:05:46 pm
by the way, the market basket in manchester opened and it is GLORIOUS!
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on June 08, 2012, 01:23:03 pm
Market Basket is applying to open a store in Conway, NH.  Also, the Walmart in Conway is trying to become a Walmart Supercenter.

Market Basket coming to North Conway?
Written by Erik Eisele
http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/90647-basket-060812

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CONWAY — In addition to the Walmart expansion plans that came in this week, town officials on Tuesday said a new grocery store may also be coming to town.
Town manager Earl Sires told selectmen this week the town is waiting for a site plan review application from Market Basket, a Massachusetts-based chain that operates more than 50 grocery stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Sires said he is expecting to receive within the next few days an application to put a Market Basket behind the Northway Plaza that houses T.J. Maxx.

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...but if both it and the Walmart expansion happen, there could be four supermarkets within a five-minute drive of each other.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: JonM on June 26, 2012, 08:04:34 am
According to the peeps in Trader Joes, the Nashua store will open on July 16th
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: rank420 on June 26, 2012, 02:39:04 pm
One more reason why I will be growing my own fruits and veggies.

Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: dalebert on June 26, 2012, 07:26:41 pm
I feel really spoiled to have a Market Basket so close by. I'm loving it.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Jusmik on July 03, 2012, 05:23:53 am
I love all these markets, you can find real gems and great quality food there. I'm always stunned.
ALDI is great. I see it often in foreign countries, and it seems to be very successful! btw. in case anyone can help me, I got a hamper delivered to scotland by serenata (http://www.serenatahampers.com) and now I'm looking for similar services like that for other countries. Anyone can help out?
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on July 17, 2012, 11:04:13 am
NH’s first Trader Joe’s supermarket opens in Nashua
July 16. 2012 7:20PM
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120717/NEWS02/707179977

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NASHUA — New Hampshire’s first Trader Joe’s grocery store opened its doors on Monday with a steady stream of customers and some Hawaiian flair.

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Filled with good values and distinct products, Trader Joe’s carries an array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrees, 100 percent fruit juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, vitamins and the basics. More than 2,000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label are available, including salsas, fried rice and marinara sauces.

About a dozen new items will be introduced each week, according to a release, adding thousands of items are tasted each year to find products that appeal to the culinary adventurer and the microwave aficionado.

For Luisa Matta of Bedford, she simply came for the wine. Matta had selected eight bottles of Trader Joe’s wine, and said she still wasn’t finished shopping.

Here is one of the article comments, "Good for you NH! Our first Trader Joe's is currently being built down here in Sarasota...and we can't wait for it to open! Trader Joe's, sort of like Whole Foods, but without the snobbery and high prices! Hurray for Nashua!"
July 17, 2012 10:15 am
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Ward Griffiths on July 17, 2012, 06:24:52 pm
NH’s first Trader Joe’s supermarket opens in Nashua
July 16. 2012 7:20PM
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120717/NEWS02/707179977

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NASHUA — New Hampshire’s first Trader Joe’s grocery store opened its doors on Monday with a steady stream of customers and some Hawaiian flair.

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Filled with good values and distinct products, Trader Joe’s carries an array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrees, 100 percent fruit juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, vitamins and the basics. More than 2,000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label are available, including salsas, fried rice and marinara sauces.

About a dozen new items will be introduced each week, according to a release, adding thousands of items are tasted each year to find products that appeal to the culinary adventurer and the microwave aficionado.

For Luisa Matta of Bedford, she simply came for the wine. Matta had selected eight bottles of Trader Joe’s wine, and said she still wasn’t finished shopping.

Here is one of the article comments, "Good for you NH! Our first Trader Joe's is currently being built down here in Sarasota...and we can't wait for it to open! Trader Joe's, sort of like Whole Foods, but without the snobbery and high prices! Hurray for Nashua!"
July 17, 2012 10:15 am

Gotta be honest, since the cross-country spread under Aldi ownership, it ain't like it was when it was just southern California.  The flyers would mention a buy of a batch of wine from some estate in France and say how many bottles there were between all of the stores (something like 20 when I first became a customer in 1981).  Still good stuff, good prices, but not as personal.  Among the few good things to come out of southern California in recent decades though.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: JonM on July 20, 2012, 08:01:49 am
Their customer service is still quite good.  If you don't like something, they will take it back, but beyond that, I was once wondering how a product tasted and an employee opened the package and gave me a sample.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: mlkrgr on November 27, 2012, 09:47:34 am
My experience with Market Basket is that they have found many creative ways to repackage high fructose corn syrup into the appearance of various foods.

You mean differently or more creatively than any other grocery stores? What products are they selling that fit this that most grocery stores aren't?

I try not to base my standards on the median, but rather on the ideal. Yes, most grocery stores sell crap. Market Basket seems to sell mostly crap. I find a slightly better selection at Hannaford. But really none of these are in the same class as the grocery stores I mentioned above or a European village market.

Just because we're force-fed the products of Big Agra doesn't mean we have to celebrate it.

Perhaps if more of us chose to live in walkable towns, we could save enough on car payments, car repair, gas, and taxes to afford higher quality food...

+1 on this. Market Basket likes to feature their lower quality store brand names that are full of processed ingredients, and this is generally what is available in their smaller stores. They get their competitive advantage by pricing these names lower as they traditionally drive a larger profit margin. I generally shop at the mid end and like to go for the high end as far as what is available on a conventional supermarket's deli counter. A lot of MBs miss a lot of better for you natural foods including natural turkey at the deli (I don't think they carry natural turkey for thanksgiving which I prefer paying up for) and natural frozen yogurt (well, MB has organic frozen yogurt at $2.69/pint but there's much less costly natural frozen yogurt at Hannaford at $3.69/56 oz container). Along with it, MB features their baked goods front and center (much of the time at the front door) which is no good either.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on December 01, 2012, 01:34:06 am
You can like Market Basket on Facebook and then check out the deals online to see if it worth going to the store. You can always go to the fan page and see the circular, also.

https://www.facebook.com/mydemoulas
https://twitter.com/mydemoulas
http://www.mydemoulas.net/locations/new-hampshire/
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on December 14, 2012, 09:04:15 pm
This story is such a fantastic read. I cannot recommend it enough. It mentions several recent Dollar General openings I didn't know about. Mentions that new food co-ops are coming to Manchester and the Monadnock Region. It also says the Whole Foods people are talking about coming to Nashua is confirmed. Oh, and there is a rumor of a Market Basket opening in Conway.

Competition grows as grocery chains, new entries battle for N.H.'s food dollars
By Kathleen Callahan
Friday, December 14, 2012
http://www.nhbr.com/news/986980-395/competition-grows-as-grocery-chains-new-entries.html
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: Doug Linder on December 19, 2012, 05:27:03 pm
I think that what Southern NH needs is more high-end specialty stores.  There are plenty of al-marts and warehouse stores and so on, but practically nothing on the upper end.  In fact I think there's a huge opportunity for a food co-op in Derry (see my post about that here: http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=26237.0).  Yes, there is a new Trader Joe's in Nashua and some other places, but Derry - the third most populous town in the state - is in some kind of dead zone for high end stores.

One good place, Tuscan Kitchen, did open in Salem recently.  It's not that big and concentrates only on Italian stiff, but if you want artisanal food it's pretty good.  The bread is to die form - best I've had outside of Europe.  And the restaurant it's associated with, Tuscan Kitchen next door, is fabulous.  http://www.tuscan-kitchen.com/ 

What I wouldn't give to have a Lebanon co-op food store type place in Derry.  Whoever did it would make a fortune, and I'd love to see that be a cooperative group of people so the fortune goes to the workers and not faceless investors.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on March 06, 2013, 05:34:38 pm
March 05. 2013 11:18PM
Ocean State Job Lot to open in Derry next week
By ADAM SWIFT
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130306/NEWS02/130309503

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DERRY - Ocean State Job Lot will be opening at the site of the former Walmart on Manchester Road on Thursday, March 14.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: CNHT on July 04, 2013, 11:08:40 am
New Market Basket is a joy at the corner of New Boston Road and 114 in Bedford at the Manchester border, formerly the location of an old bar Slammers and mini golf operation.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: KBCraig on July 04, 2013, 08:23:25 pm
Dollar General opened in Whitefield this past winter, and is under construction in Groveton. They bracket the Family Dollar in Lancaster and Ocean State Job Lot in Northumberland.

Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on July 04, 2013, 11:34:53 pm
Dollar General opened in Whitefield this past winter, and is under construction in Groveton. They bracket the Family Dollar in Lancaster and Ocean State Job Lot in Northumberland.

From my experience, I've found that the Dollar Tree is way lower in prices that Dollar General. It depends on the sales, but generally, Ocean State tends to be less expensive than Dollar General, too.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on August 09, 2013, 01:08:26 pm
Just as Trader Joe's 1st put 1 store in NH than expanded to 2 stores, ALDI is trying to expand to a 2nd store in NH. And Dollar Tree is trying to open up right next to ALDI. They will both by in a building in Plaistow that used to be occupied by Shaw's, a much more expensive grocery store. This is fantastic news for anyone within 30 minutes of Plaistow. The town already has a Walmart Supercenter and Market Basket. With Kohl's, T.J. Max, the liquor store and all of this in the same area, not to mention the pharmacies, it might soon become an inexpensive shopping meca of the southeastern NH/Northern MA area.

July 19, 2013
Changes planned for old Shaw's plaza in Plaistow
By Alex Lippa
http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x2040128816/Changes-planned-for-old-Shaws-plaza-in-Plaistow

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The shopping center has struggled since Shaw’s moved out of the plaza in 2007, but new tenants could soon fill the void. Shaw’s moved to a new location across Route 125.

Vydra announced at the meeting that they are close to an agreement with Aldi’s Supermarket to fill 18,000 square feet of the 48,000-square-foot space Shaw’s occupied.

He said he expected Aldi to move into the space within six to 10 months.

Vydra also said a significant business was close to an agreement to move in to the remainder of the former Shaw’s building, but could not release the name. Town Planner Leigh Komornick said in April that HomeGoods was interested in the location.

In addition to those two businesses, Dollar Tree will move from the north end of the plaza to a new 12,000-square-foot building, which will share a wall with Aldi.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on January 03, 2014, 01:43:26 pm
ALDI, perhaps the small store chain with the lowest prices (better than Dollar Tree, Save-O-Lot or Fred's on most items in my experience) is opening additional stores in the area. It has several locations in MA, a Salem, NH store and a Bennington, VT store. A new store is about to open in Brattleboro, VT, 20-25 minutes from Keene, NH. The company is also looking at opening a store in Keene, NH. The company is trying to aggressively expand into new markets in order to keep costs down. This is the same company that owes Trader Joe's, which recently opened 2 stores in NH. If the Brattleboro store is successful, I think the company will expand more into NH and possibly, northern VT.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on February 25, 2014, 03:12:00 pm
ALDI, perhaps the small store chain with the lowest prices (better than Dollar Tree, Save-O-Lot or Fred's on most items in my experience) is opening additional stores in the area. It has several locations in MA, a Salem, NH store and a Bennington, VT store. A new store is about to open in Brattleboro, VT, 20-25 minutes from Keene, NH.

Update on the possible Keene ALDI location.

Aldi gets green light from planning board to move forward
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 pm
By Kyle Jarvis Sentinel Staff
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/aldi-gets-green-light-from-planning-board-to-move-forward/article_16d2f3a2-2afe-50fb-89b7-0bb3b6414ac9.html

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A discount grocer got the go-ahead from Keene’s planning board Monday night to move forward with a plan to open a new store on West Street.

Aldi, a German-owned wholesale grocer with more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., now just needs a building permit from the planning board before it can finalize its plan for the store.

Aldi would occupy about 33,791 square feet of vacant space next to Kohl’s, which opened in September.

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The planning board put some minor conditions in place Monday, Hitchcock said.

The size of a rooftop refrigeration unit will have to be reviewed by city planning staff, and there are some landscaping details yet to be worked out, he said.

Heyman also agreed to remove a pile of debris on the south side of the nearby rail trail, Hitchcock said.

“Nobody seems to know exactly where it came from,” he said.

Hitchcock said Aldi does not yet have a timeline for starting construction, but that should become clearer once a building permit is in place.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: tortuga on March 01, 2014, 02:50:13 pm
Oooh theres a Trader Joes in Nashua??? I wished at I worked at the one my friend works at cause then I could probably transfer easily.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on March 02, 2014, 02:08:52 pm
Oooh theres a Trader Joes in Nashua??? I wished at I worked at the one my friend works at cause then I could probably transfer easily.

Yeah. There are 2 in NH and some in MA within commuting distance. It's a decent job. There's also Costco in Nashua. So you might want to consider trying to get a job at 1 of those places then transferring. Though, there are plenty of jobs here. The economy while still not good, it a lot better here than much of the nation.
Title: Re: New, Inexpensive Grocery Stores Open All Over NH
Post by: freedomroad on June 13, 2014, 11:43:24 am
More great news. Another Ocean State Job Lot opened in Derry last year. It opened up in the old Derry Wal-mart building. There is still some unused space in the building. Aldi is thinking of also moving into the same building. That would be terrific news for discount shoppers!

June 13, 2014
Aldi, MonkeySports eye Derry
Stores would share Ocean State Job Lot building
By JULIE HUSS jhuss@eagletribune.com
http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x1927794199/Aldi-MonkeySports-eye-Derry

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DERRY — Shoppers looking for another grocery store option may get their wish as plans are underway to bring an Aldi store to Manchester Road.

The Planning Board will hear more details on the European market plan at a meeting Wednesday.

Aldi and a MonkeySports store would move into the former Wal-Mart location at 30 Manchester Road. Ocean State Job Lot now occupies part of that building.

Planning Director George Sioras said the proposed business plan is good for Derry.

“This was a pleasant surprise,” he said. “This is good.”

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There are few MonkeySports stores, Sioras said, only five in the world, including one in Norwood, Mass. The new sports superstore would offer a variety of specialized sporting goods, he said.

Aldi offers a different kind of food shopping, including a shopping cart payment system where customers pay 25 cents for a cart, then get the quarter returned when shopping is complete.

Customers must bring their own bags or purchase reusable ones at the store.

Aldi stores have been in the United States since 1976 with more than 1,100 stores in 31 states. The closest store to Derry is in Salem; another one is under construction on Route 125 in Plaistow.