New freestanding liquor store approved for Cheshire Marketplace

  • Town of Rindge Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/8/2021 1:54:02 PM

The Rindge Planning Board has approved a plan for a new, free-standing building in the Cheshire Marketplace plaza on Route 202, slated to become the new location of the plaza’s state liquor store.

During the Planning Board’s meeting on Tuesday, the board heard a plan to move the liquor store to a free-standing building and expand one of the retail stores by about 3,000 square feet.

Additional parking spaces would be added on both sides of the new building, for a total of 22 new spots.

The new building would be located at the end of the existing strip of retail stores, and be about 10,325 square feet, about doubling the size of the current liquor store in the plaza.

Alcohol sales are one retail area that have seen a boost since the start of the pandemic. Sales increased about 8-10 percent in 2020, compared to the prior year, according to published reports, with sales of boxed wine up more than 50 percent, and about a 25 percent boost in sales of hard alcohol and beer compared to the same periods of time in 2019.

Alcohol sales in New Hampshire typically grow at a rate of about 2.5 percent, making the  jump a statistical outlier.

In addition to the new building, the plaza would also add on to another retail space to make the store more symmetrical.

The Planning Board approved the plans in a 6-0 vote.

In a separate public hearing, the board also approved a plan for a new self-storage facility located at 15 Sears Drive, at the location of the former Sears Hometown Store.

The two-story former Sears building would be left in tact, and five self-storage units would be built on three sides of the building. The self-storage units vary in size from two 4,200 square feet units at the largest, to a 1,400 square foot building.

The board approved the application 6-0.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or  asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.




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