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Portsmouth Whole Foods Location Revealed

The grocery store is set to open in 2016.

The site of the new Portsmouth Whole Foods near Deer Street downtown. Credit: Jason Claffey
The site of the new Portsmouth Whole Foods near Deer Street downtown. Credit: Jason Claffey
One of the principal owners of the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel confirmed the new Portsmouth Whole Foods store will be located in the hotel parking lot on Deer Street.

Chris Thompson, principal partner of Harbor Corp. LLC, said the Whole Foods store will be located in the Sheraton parking lot and will serve as the "anchor" of a redevelopment project there.

"At this time I can confirm there is a Whole Foods," said Thompson on Thursday afternoon. He said they were in discussions with Whole Foods officials about coming to the city for several months.

Thompson explained that Harbor Corp. has wanted to redevelop the parking lot area for quite some time.

"Portsmouth is the type of community where a Whole Foods fits in beautifully," Thompson said. He added that Portsmouth officials have always wanted a supermarket to be located in the heart of the downtown for quite some time. "I think it's a real coup for everybody," he added.

Whole Foods officials announced this month they will construct a 40,000-square-foot store at the site. It will open sometime in 2016 and employ 175 workers.

Thompson approached the city in the spring about a project that called for a 650-space underground parking garage, 98 new hotel rooms and some retail space at the site. He said they would share more details about the Whole Foods project and the other components of the Sheraton project in the next few weeks.
Jimmy Stevens November 15, 2013 at 09:44 AM
I think it's hilarious that people talk about Portsmouth like it's some sleepy little village in the heart of NH. It has always been, and always will be, a thriving center for commerce and activity. It has always been a fun town, with lots to do and new areas of growth. With the exception of some downturn times, it has always been thriving. It has always evolved to change and expand with the times. People acting like the world is ending because downtown is getting a grocery store (which, by the way, it had for years in the A&P) are out of touch with reality. Move upstate and live on a farm, not in a wonderful, growing, evolving city like Portsmouth. I'm sure Frank Jones would have been run out of town today for all the growth he brought to Portsmouth. Now he's held up as a hero. People are funny.
Lee November 16, 2013 at 03:04 AM
650 spaces sounds like a lot of spaces.... but wait just a minute... This addition will obliterate the huge parking lot that the Sheraton currently uses, taking away at least a couple of hundred spaces right off of the top. An additional 98 hotel rooms with at least one car per room. Functions that can accomodate 800 people. Twenty one condos. Another 175 spaces for employees of whole foods plus truck/loading areas.... Potentially we're talking about a thousand vehicles being dumped into town. Is the town reaping enough taxes from this giant project to cover the additional expenses it will cost the town (ie; new public parking garage, fire equipment to reach these giant buildings, additional public works etc, etc... Does anyone actually know what the estmated revenue would be? (I am not asking hypothetically).
runaboutred November 17, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Wow, Corporate glutany at its finest. Does anyone think the hotels or any business' are in it to "help preserve Portsmouth" If left to their own means we will soon look like anywhere Strip mall USA. Heck why not rip out the North Church and make it into a parking garage who needs that "useless" building- can't buy anything in it or park in it.....

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