Epping eyed for flagship liquor store, location TBD
The state is hoping to build a new liquor store and wine outlet at the Epping park and ride lot on Route 125. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Plans to build a 10,000 to 12,000-square-foot flagship store in Epping are in the works, but the final location hasn’t been determined.
The state has already appropriated $3.85 million to construct a liquor store somewhere in Epping.
The Park and Ride located on Route 125 near Route 101 was purchased by the state Department of Transportation with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. If the DOT were to sell a portion of the property for the liquor store, Powers said some of the funds from the sale would have to be returned to the Federal Highway Administration.
“In the last several months we’ve been assured by the Bureau of Public Works at the DOT that an appraisal was being undertaken for us to figure out if we can move forward and purchase an area on that site,” he said.
Selectman Jim McGeough asked state Rep. Jeffrey Harris, R-Epping, why the store hasn’t been built yet. Harris said he was told two months ago it was being held up because of wetlands issues.
The commission hopes to move forward with the project once the DOT appraisal is finished and all of the details are ironed out.
“The Liquor Commission would like to move on this as soon as possible,” Powers said.
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