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December 12, 2013

Restaurant wholesaler still eyes Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — A national restaurant wholesale business still hopes to find a new home here.

Restaurant Depot, with outlets in 27 states, is still eyeing a property off Route 102 in the hopes it may be able to open a facility there.

Representatives of the company returned to the Planning Board Dec. 4 with a revised plan.

The company, based in College Point, N.Y., originally proposed a 58,000-square-foot building for a cash-and-carry food service supply business off Route 102 near the Crossroads Mall and behind the busy Dunkin' Donuts intersection.

The Planning Board heard early details on the plan Oct. 9, but the size of the building exceeded the town's limits in that established performance overlay zone.

Now, the company is back for another try.

"We felt it was worth coming back to address some of the issues expressed at the last meeting," said Gordon Leedy, a director of land development representing the applicant. "We know the size of the building is an issue, but Restaurant Depot is still interested. This is a good location for us."

The company is a wholesale/retail distributor of food supplies, Leedy said. Customers, mostly smaller restaurant and food service owners, would come to buy food and other restaurant supplies.

The company would be open seven days a week and would employ up to 40 people.

It would be the first Restaurant Depot in New Hampshire.

After the last meeting, Leedy said, major configurations were made to the plan including exterior facade and color changes, updated landscaping, and how the building would be situated on the property.

The building's size remains the same, he said. "We need that 58,000 square feet to make the business work."

It's not only the size that concerned the board, it's the amount of traffic in that area near Dunkin' Donuts and Mohawk Drive. There is no traffic light at that intersection.

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