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Changes in the works for Hudson Market Basket

Union Leader Correspondent

May 29. 2014 8:54PM

HUDSON — The Hudson Market Basket will soon receive a long-awaited makeover, both inside and out.

During Wednesday night’s planning board meeting, project officials shared conceptual plans for the store’s expansion and re-engineered parking lot, which they said would enhance the new traffic light and intersection that’s being built along Lowell Road.

Many expressed hopes that once completed, the new intersection, which is expected to open by early 2015, WILL resolve some serious traffic issues in that section of town.

The proposal for the four-way, signaled intersection at the front of the shopping plaza on Lowell Road, was already given the green light by the Board of Selectmen in late March, where officials from Market Basket and two properties across the street, the Haffner’s gas station and Fairview Nursing Home, submitted a joint agreement for the new intersection.

The three businesses agreed to each pay a third of the projected $500,000 intersection.

As part of the plans, the main entrance to the Market Basket store will be moved to the northern section of the structure.

This week Market Basket revealed further changes were in the works for the popular supermarket.

Engineer Tony Basso of the Bedford-based firm Keach Nordstrom said the Market Basket store plans on tearing down its existing front entrance and moving it further down the road towards the Fairview property.

Conceptual plans for the remodeled parking lot are calling for 524 parking spaces, which is about 40 more than the town requires for a building of the store’s size.

Hudson’s current store is approximately 55,000 square-feet. Project officials said they’re planning to add additional storage and retail space, though final dimensions have yet to be determined.

Board member Marilyn McGrath noted that parking spaces are sometimes rather hard to come by at the local Market Basket, particularly on the weekends and holidays.

“I was there last week and that parking lot was completely out of control,” McGrath said. “And it wasn’t even the holiday weekend yet.”

The new entrance and intersection is expected to relieve traffic congestion along nearby Wason Road, where many hurried shoppers tend to access the plaza through its side entrance rather than sit in the gridlock of Lowell Road.

“Having this new signal and rearranging things, I think, is going to resolve a lot of the bedlam,” Basso said. “I think a lot of it has to do with circulation.”

Further details on the proposed changes at the Hudson Market Basket are expected to go before the planning board in the near future.

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