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October 17, 2013

Restaurant wholesaler eyes Londonderry

Londonderry location doesn't work out

LONDONDERRY — A national restaurant wholesale company with outlets in 27 states is retreating from developing a site off Route 102, but remains interested in the region.

“It doesn’t look like we are going through with the site,” Restaurant Depot chief operating officer Larry Cohen said Friday. “It will not work at that location.”

Cohen spoke after representatives of Restaurant Depot met with the Planning Board on Thursday night to discuss the concept.

Restaurant Depot was considering a property east of the plaza that houses Cafe Teresa.

The company was proposing a 58,000-square-foot building, with room to add another 9,500 square feet if business warranted. The company said it would employ 35 to 40 people.

But the size of the building exceeded limits in the performance overlay zone and the warehouse-type use also could require a waiver from the Planning Board.

“Going any more than (55,000 square feet), I don’t think would get past this board,” Planning Board Chairman Arthur Rugg told the company’s attorney and architect.

The company had been hopeful about locating in the town.

“Londonderry seemed to be the right place to be,” Cohen said before the meeting.

Restaurant Depot remains interested in the area, he said Friday.

“We will continue to look in New Hampshire,” he said. “We like the market.”

Londonderry still might land Restaurant Depot.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said officials will work with the company on other locations.

“We will be doing that,” he said.

The store would be the company’s first in northern New England.

Cohen said Londonderry was the preferred location for a New Hampshire store because of its central location right off Interstate 93.

Restaurant Depot anticipates great demand for its services from restaurants doing business in the region.

Cohen said a Restaurant Depot typically takes about a year to develop.

He said it would employ 35 to 40 people, with three or four managers shifting from existing Restaurant Depot stores.

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