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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.

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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