Market Basket turmoil disrupts plans for Warner liquor outlet
The shutdown of Market Basket locations across New England has stalled conversations about a new New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet in Warner.
New Hampshire Liquor Commission officials had been speaking with a real estate administrator for the Massachusetts-based grocery chain but those conversations are “on hold given the fluidity of the current situation,” said commission spokesman E.J. Powers.
The commission “is exploring other sites in Warner and is committed to bringing a new NH Liquor & Wine Outlet to service customers in the area in the very near future,” Powers said in a statement.
Market Basket owns 71 grocery stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, most of which have been effectively shut down by a workers’ protest after the ouster of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas last month.
Late last week, Demoulas submitted an offer to buy the business. So far, the board has not ruled on the offer, saying it is one of several on the table, and workers are still refusing deliveries of fresh produce and encouraging a customer boycott that has cost the company millions of dollars.
The chain owns the buildings that house its store, and often rents space in the retail plazas to other businesses.
It owns property near Exit 9 off Interstate 89 that the commission had been evaluating as a potential location for a new store, Powers said. The Warner location is one of three new outlets funded in the new state capital budget. The others are in Epping and Salem.
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