The New Ipswich Zoning Board recently denied a variance to allow Dollar General to build a 9100 square foot retail store on Turnpike Road. The current master plan has a limitation of 1500 square feet for businesses.
Dollar General has targeted New Ipswich as a “food desert” since the majority of major grocery stores are a 30 to 45 minute drive away. They have have been expanding in both urban and rural areas looking to fill a food niche.
New Ipswich Market and Hoppy’s Country Store carry food items and would be impacted if the retail store were built. Hoppy’s has some specialty items not offered by a chain store. A great selection of their own spices and herbs, smoked ribs and local meats. Still very few vegetables.
There has been talk in the past about starting a Farmer’s Market, but nothing has coalesced. I have hope for the Winter’s Summer Home Farm located at the end of Perry Road.
A retail store 6 times the size specified in the Master Plan is probably too big, maybe a compromise can be reached?
We have quite a collection of empty buildings
|Hmmm, this building is LARGER than the proposed Dollar General|
|Everybody has something to say about moldy Building 2|
|Goodbye Citgo Station – Any plans for the site?|
|I miss the convenience of having Belletetes Hardware right in town.
Now I have 25 minute drive to buy a box of wood screws.