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October 10, 2018
PLYMOUTH – Many shoppers in the Pemi-Baker and Newfound regions were excited last week to hear rumblings of plans about a Market Basket grocery store coming to Plymouth.

This week, Plymouth selectmen optimistically confirmed that rumor, but cautioned nothing is definite yet, even though a special exception request by the developer did get the Zoning Board's seal of approval.

"I attended a Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting last Tuesday Oct. 2, where the discussion included a request for a special exception to allow two primary structures [at Riverside Landing] on one lot. We are happy to notify the public that one of the proposed structures is the long-awaited Market Basket," said Bill Bolton, chairman of the Plymouth Board of Selectmen. "The Board is very happy to take this opportunity to welcome Market Basket to the Town of Plymouth. We feel that the public will definitely support the process and allow Market Basket to come to our town. This promises to be a whole new beginning for Plymouth."

The Riverside Landing commercial development off Tenney Mountain Highway is already home to McDonald's, Bank of New Hampshire, a New Hampshire State Liquor Store and the Fairfield Inn by Marriot hotel.

The latest construction request to the Zoning Board was for the allowance of two buildings on the western side of Riverside Landing, one being the Market Basket store. Officials found that that site remains outside the flood plain of the Baker River, one reason the request was approved by the Board. It will, however, be one of the last construction projects permitted in that portion of the Riverside Landing development with the exception of any necessary flood plain mitigation.

The permit process is not complete, though.

As the final step, Plymouth's Land Use and Planning Director Brian Murphy said developer Michael McGinley and Will Davis of Horizons Engineering will hold a special presentation at the town's Planning Board meeting. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. where the project is anticipated to get the final seal of approval.

"We're all excited about this at Town Hall for the effect it will have on the community," Murphy said.

The public is invited to attend that meeting to learn more details on this latest economic impact project in the town.

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