My Facebook news feed was practically on fire on Town Meeting day with people excitedly posting that Plymouth voters had approved the construction of a new Market Basket supermarket in Plymouth.
I believe what voters “approved” was voting to deny a proposed zoning amendment that might block construction of a store like Market Basket (see the Plymouth voting results below and click here to view the original document).
The following story ran in the March 7, 2013 issue of The Record Enterprise newspaper, in which it appears that Market Basket is interested in exploring building a store in Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH — Discussions are well underway for a possible new Market Basket store in Plymouth on Route 25 (Tenney Mountain Highway). Mike McGinley, owner and developer of Riverside Landing, a 76-acre tract of commercial land at the intersection of Highland Street and Tenney Mountain Highway, reports the two parties have been engaged in what he de scribes as “most positive discussions” over the several past months.
The new Market Basket would be approximately 60,000 square feet, similar in size to the store the company currently operates in Tilton. A Preliminary Site Plan of the project was presented to the Plymouth Planning Board in January, but no future tenants were identified at that time. With talks between the two parties progressing and a recent site visit receiving corporate approval by Market Basket senior management, public information is now permissible.
McGinley is scheduled to again appear before the Planning Board on March 21 as his Design Review application will again update the board. McGinley further stated he has also contacted the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission and introduced Riverside Landing to ranking officials. The agency has reportedly visited the site, and has now requested Phase 1 and Phase 2 development plans. Those plans are now under review.
Currently, under Phase 1 approvals, a 4,000-square-foot McDonalds restaurant and a 2,500-square-foot Bank of New Hampshire full service building are under construction at the heavily traveled three-way signalized intersection, with openings scheduled for June.
McGinley is also required by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to now upgrade the intersection to a new four-way signalization system and to enlarge the travel lanes for greater and safer traffic flow.
Andrews Construction of Campton is in charge of all work on site, and will begin intersection upgrades in the spring.