The upscale grocer Whole Foods, which is based in Texas with close to 400 stores around the country, opens its first New Hampshire location on Tuesday in Nashua.
The food business has its share of troubles in New Hampshire. Market Basket’s labor protests are keeping shelves empty and customers away. And last year, Shaw’s closed many of its stores, and Stop & Shop pulled out of the state altogether.
But despite these struggles and competition from big-box retailers or local farm stands, Whole Foods is betting on consumer demand for natural and organic.
Jamiee Rondeau of Whole Foods says the 30,000 square foot facility in Nashua will include around 50 products from local suppliers, everything from produce to craft beer.
"We were able to bring around one hundred jobs in the Nashua area, and we’re looking to hire even more. We have people who come in at four in the morning and bake our bread. We’re hiring cashiers, people to stock shelves, to do demos. It’s across the board."
Rondea says within the next two years, Whole Foods will open stores in Bedford and Portsmouth.