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Trader Joe's in Salem?

One recently opened in Nashua, and another is set to open soon in Newington.

We asked readers earlier this week on Facebook what one business they'd like to see come to Salem that isn't already in town. We received more than 40 comments as of Wednesday afternoon, so we decided to share some of them with you.

Trader Joe's received the most votes by far, but there were plenty of other great suggestions, from Panera to Cheesecake Factory to Ikea.

Liz July 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
How about a Golden Corral?? The closest is in Springfield I believe!!
Salem Citizen July 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM
All good ideas. I watched the resent worksession on fees and the impact it has on development here in Salem. The development community told the Planning Board they can not get any new development to come to Salem because fees are to high. It is cheaper to build somewhere else. Call the Selectmen and Planning Board and tell them to lower the cost of doing buisness in Salem.
Claudette Daigle July 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I would like to see a Trader How's in Salem...lower the fees so we can get businesses that have healthy alternatives... Also an IKEA would be good.
Claudette Daigle July 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Sorry I meant trader joes
stephanie micklon July 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Salem is still a great place to bring in new bussiness because it is all about location,location,location. We are the first town over to line from Mass and that is why we hold a trump card. But remember we have BJ and a Super Walmart and I do not think Newington does.I would love to see Jordan's Furniture and a movie theater.
Susan cook July 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Trader Joe's, PLEASE!!!!!
Liz July 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I wish they'd bring Friendly's back too!
Jeff Hatch July 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I wish the BOS, Planning board and the Chamber would work together to attract companies that provide jobs other than the minimum wage types we're getting.
Tom Linehan July 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
@Jeff Hatch, I thought that was Bill Scott's job.
Riley Reid July 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
@Jeff. You are so right! Just a few months ago I read that a Nashua business shut down and moved 200 plus jobs to South Carolina because they couldn't find a big enough site to expand the business. Too bad Salem wasn't more on the ball and got that business to come here. We certainly have a lot of vacant commercial space.
Riley Reid July 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Bill Scott is too busy taking pictures of illegal signs that he does nothing about.
Larry Weil July 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I’de like to see more locally owned businesses, not chains.
48 Years in Salem NH July 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Dear Salem Citizen- Uh, did you expect the "development community" to ask for increased fees? Before you suggest "[t]he development community . . . can not (sic) get any new development to come to Salem because fees are to (sic) high", you may want to read the accompanying story: http://salem-nh.patch.com/articles/business-boom-in-salem The story is right here in the Salem Patch. You must have missed it. Did you miss all the comments about all of the things around our town that need to be paid for? For example, our schools need significant work. Do you tolerate freeloaders? Do you just accept on blind faith everything the "development community" says? Think for yourself.
Anna Willis September 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Would be SPECTACULAR to see a Trader Joe's in Salem! NH is a great place to shop...
Jeff Hatch September 04, 2012 at 07:54 PM
So why are buissnesses passing on Salem. Are the imapct fees to high? Is the planning board, town developer or planner to hard to work with. Are their demands to hard to meet or the cost of meeting them is to high? Maybe it's time to seek out new people for these postitions. New people with new and fresh ideas?
bruno September 04, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Building Permits are also way out of line. A 31% INCREASE LAST YEAR. As business bypass Salem, The taxpayers will see taxes increase. We should tell the BOS to lower fees and that impact fees and building fees are hindering development.

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